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Dallas Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dallas, Texas Area

Dallas, Texas is the ninth most populous city in the United States. The Dallas Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area is also the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States. As one might expect, the Dallas metropolitan area has a vibrant economy and is a center for business and commerce. The Dallas metropolitan area is home to nearly forty Fortune 1000 company headquarters.

Inc. magazine has ranked the Dallas Fort Worth-Arlington area in the top fifty on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category for the last three years (2004-2006). The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Large and significant cities such as Dallas, who have a "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia) are ranked as "Global Cities" (sometimes referred to as world cities or world-class cities) by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC). There are three tiers of ranking in order of importance, alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third tier). Dallas is one of 11 cities in the U.S. ranked as a "World City". Dallas was ranked as a "Gamma World City", on a par with Boston, Houston, and Washington, D.C..

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dallas ranks in the top thirty on the list of cities in the United States who receive the most annual funding from the NIH.

Dallas has a high concentration of telecommunication companies and its "Telecom Corridor" is home to more than 5,700 companies and regional offices for Alcatel, AT&T, Ericsson, Fujitsu, MCI, Nokia, Nortel, Rockwell, Sprint and Verizon. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around Dallas include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Government
  • Educational & Health Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Financial Activities
  • Information

The Dallas metropolitan area is served by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It is the busiest airport in Texas, the third busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft movement, and sixth in terms of passenger volume. DFW ranks eighth in the United States for for nonstop international air travel according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Some major companies in and around Dallas include:

  • 7-Eleven
  • AMR Corporation (the parent company of American Airlines)
  • Blockbuster Video
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation
  • CompUSA
  • Dr Pepper
  • Educational Products, Inc.
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • ExxonMobil
  • Frito Lay
  • Greyhound Bus Lines
  • JCPenney
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Kinko's (owned by FedEx)
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Michael's Stores
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nokia
  • Perot Systems
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Pizza Hut (owned by Yum! Brands, Inc.)
  • Radio Shack
  • Sabre Holdings, the owner of the Sabre System
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Texas Instruments
  • Wyndham International
  • Zale Corporation

Some of the major business organizations in the Dallas area include:

The Dallas Business Journal, and the Business and Technology Section of the Dallas Morning News are excellent sources of information on business in the Dallas metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Dallas, Texas Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 31,530 $65,390 $46,290 - 84,880 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 31,260 $61,510 $26,240 - 106,270 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 24,690 $67,270 $37,000 - 107,320 18% 79%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 23,740 $47,320 $36,470 - 60,760 14% 95%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 17,310 $46,020 $22,180 - 63,700 6% 96%
6 Computer systems analysts 14,900 $80,960 $44,320 - 122,490 29% 68%
7 Computer software engineers, systems software 13,960 $90,990 $57,390 - 129,390 28% 85%
8 Computer programmers 12,950 $80,400 $46,680 - 117,490 -4% 73%
9 Computer software engineers, applications 12,550 $91,800 $61,200 - 127,250 45% 85%
10 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 10,690 $48,860 $37,750 - 62,910 11% 95%
11 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 10,600 $78,470 $41,820 - 124,630 12% 51%
12 Management analysts 10,300 $85,600 $41,480 - 137,720 22% 78%
13 Network and computer systems administrators 8,930 $72,610 $45,560 - 105,990 27% 50%
14 Lawyers 8,780 $138,380 $61,930 - 11% 99%
15 Financial managers 8,020 $120,700 $67,290 - 13% 60%
16 Teachers and instructors, all other 7,040 $24,330 $15,170 - 36,120 9% 54%
17 Financial analysts 6,970 $84,080 $45,680 - 132,010 34% 87%
18 Sales managers 6,550 $120,470 $56,660 - 10% 69%
19 Computer and information systems managers 6,360 $124,820 $76,560 - 16% 73%
20 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 6,100 $79,290 $27,150 - 25% 67%
21 Network systems and data communications analysts 5,970 $78,930 $47,150 - 115,990 53% 57%
22 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 5,700 $53,280 $28,740 - 85,480 18% 56%
23 Public relations specialists 5,670 $58,730 $31,820 - 97,620 18% 81%
24 Electronics engineers, except computer 5,500 $93,370 $59,950 - 133,030 4% 81%
25 Market research analysts 5,440 $73,520 $37,500 - 120,620 20% 82%
26 Training and development specialists 4,370 $54,800 $30,270 - 84,730 18% 56%
27 Electrical engineers 4,110 $95,150 $60,550 - 133,950 6% 81%
28 Chief executives 4,000 $184,860 $100,940 - 2% 65%
29 Industrial engineers 3,760 $80,290 $54,190 - 109,230 20% 74%
30 Pharmacists 3,630 $111,350 $91,270 - 132,440 22% 97%
31 Medical and health services managers 3,590 $85,850 $43,000 - 137,660 16% 57%
32 Database administrators 3,550 $72,140 $37,410 - 109,780 29% 72%
33 Civil engineers 3,400 $78,020 $52,710 - 117,040 18% 87%
34 Marketing managers 3,360 $130,400 $67,960 - 14% 69%
35 Architects, except landscape and naval 3,330 $72,610 $39,690 - 111,230 18% 88%
36 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 3,330 $63,980 $37,120 - 97,770 17% 56%
37 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 3,320 $56,290 $29,710 - 89,960 5% 58%
38 Engineering managers 3,250 $135,940 $94,600 - 7% 84%
39 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 3,150 $73,830 $52,460 - 100,810 8% 78%
40 Graphic designers 3,140 $48,830 $29,250 - 75,220 10% 55%
41 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 3,100 $53,500 $31,090 - 76,470 13% 73%
42 Mechanical engineers 3,030 $84,510 $58,120 - 117,970 4% 78%
43 Personal financial advisors 3,000 $109,690 $42,420 - 41% 81%
44 Managers, all other 2,810 $105,100 $57,120 - 162,190 7% 55%
45 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 2,780 $52,300 $37,260 - 70,040 12% 51%
46 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 2,620 $55,530 $34,610 - 81,330 18% 56%
47 Aerospace engineers 2,600 $101,630 $71,300 - 136,040 10% 87%
48 Instructional coordinators 2,500 $59,160 $35,730 - 90,620 23% 79%
49 Credit analysts 2,490 $59,330 $32,610 - 90,070 2% 60%
50 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 2,480 $48,400 $38,470 - 60,990 20% 87%
51 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 2,450 $34,990 $22,520 - 53,360 15% 51%
52 Coaches and scouts 2,420 $32,850 $14,110 - 62,510 15% 60%
53 Operations research analysts 2,370 $70,230 $37,020 - 110,130 11% 71%
54 Advertising sales agents 2,340 $61,020 $23,610 - 99,150 20% 56%
55 Child, family, and school social workers 2,290 $41,070 $27,520 - 61,520 19% 77%
56 Insurance underwriters 2,150 $63,060 $36,600 - 97,250 6% 53%
57 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 2,030 $27,800 $17,920 - 41,110 11% 55%
58 Librarians 1,980 $52,850 $39,360 - 67,910 4% 85%
59 Computer specialists, all other 1,860 $76,650 $45,130 - 108,940 15% 68%
60 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 1,840 $0 $ - 14% 54%
61 Interior designers 1,820 $50,840 $27,710 - 88,270 20% 55%
62 Tax preparers 1,810 $31,550 $17,920 - 57,140 -8% 54%
63 Speech-language pathologists 1,780 $60,910 $43,940 - 87,040 11% 98%
64 Occupational therapists 1,700 $70,580 $40,860 - 100,070 23% 90%
65 Physical therapists 1,640 $76,970 $53,050 - 104,540 27% 89%
66 Engineers, all other 1,600 $90,060 $59,900 - 127,220 6% 82%
67 Financial specialists, all other 1,540 $73,740 $32,920 - 139,100 12% 50%
68 Special education teachers, secondary school 1,460 $49,760 $39,310 - 63,580 9% 87%
69 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,460 $45,450 $15,520 - 68,380 23% 54%
70 Sales engineers 1,340 $100,010 $47,050 - 9% 79%
71 Medical and public health social workers 1,290 $47,240 $32,880 - 63,800 24% 77%
72 Sales and related workers, all other 1,270 $46,750 $16,880 - 83,210 14% 62%
73 Special education teachers, middle school 1,230 $48,660 $39,320 - 60,760 16% 87%
74 Social and human service assistants 1,210 $26,420 $15,180 - 39,540 34% 58%
75 Editors 1,160 $59,940 $28,890 - 99,290 2% 81%
76 Dentists, general 1,150 $193,040 $109,730 - 9% 100%
77 Purchasing managers 1,150 $105,920 $59,600 - 162,910 3% 57%
78 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 1,140 $52,050 $42,340 - 66,030 -5% 96%
79 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,070 $65,450 $32,760 - 99,080 17% 54%
80 Technical writers 1,020 $62,450 $31,770 - 90,470 20% 74%
81 Producers and directors 1,000 $76,520 $31,170 - 130,620 11% 75%
82 Budget analysts 990 $65,330 $43,460 - 89,610 7% 78%
83 Art directors 930 $85,080 $46,570 - 131,340 9% 58%
84 Computer hardware engineers 910 $96,980 $60,180 - 138,830 5% 70%
85 Physician assistants 870 $83,440 $47,440 - 122,310 27% 67%
86 Compensation and benefits managers 820 $105,490 $63,080 - 147,590 12% 58%
87 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 820 $98,630 $37,540 - 22% 93%
88 Counselors, all other 810 $59,010 $44,560 - 78,980 17% 73%
89 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 810 $0 $ - 13% 74%
90 Financial examiners 800 $80,030 $36,420 - 130,300 11% 76%
91 Social and community service managers 780 $58,570 $32,070 - 93,150 25% 72%
92 Human resources managers, all other 760 $123,450 $70,600 - 11% 58%
93 Meeting and convention planners 760 $47,210 $29,230 - 71,340 20% 67%
94 Multi-media artists and animators 740 $55,270 $29,890 - 84,820 26% 58%
95 Education administrators, postsecondary 720 $97,510 $44,800 - 14% 78%
96 Occupational health and safety specialists 710 $61,650 $34,900 - 91,500 8% 72%
97 Chemists 680 $76,310 $38,620 - 129,390 9% 93%
98 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 680 $37,150 $23,390 - 51,740 24% 78%
99 Environmental engineers 670 $73,610 $35,760 - 118,110 25% 86%
100 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 670 $70,890 $39,070 - 102,550 25% 93%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 66,170 $25,730 $14,450 - 42,170 12% 25%
2 Customer service representatives 60,130 $32,920 $21,540 - 47,130 25% 22%
3 Cashiers 48,040 $17,750 $13,230 - 23,630 -3% 10%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 47,090 $16,520 $13,000 - 21,150 18% 5%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 40,970 $23,580 $16,250 - 33,880 2% 5%
6 Office clerks, general 39,350 $25,920 $15,440 - 38,330 13% 19%
7 Waiters and waitresses 39,260 $17,150 $12,880 - 25,840 11% 14%
8 General and operations managers 38,240 $120,060 $49,820 - 2% 48%
9 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 32,930 $28,850 $17,570 - 40,560 1% 18%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 31,210 $34,410 $22,710 - 48,740 13% 16%
11 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 30,180 $43,180 $28,390 - 61,760 15% 18%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 28,980 $22,910 $14,430 - 33,890 -8% 8%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 28,630 $40,690 $24,970 - 61,500 10% 4%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 27,410 $51,320 $28,480 - 78,520 6% 29%
15 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 26,650 $19,270 $13,320 - 27,800 15% 4%
16 Construction laborers 22,210 $23,610 $16,820 - 32,240 11% 5%
17 Security guards 21,020 $26,690 $17,120 - 43,660 17% 13%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 18,800 $31,680 $19,390 - 48,520 10% 6%
19 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 17,890 $22,940 $15,860 - 32,310 18% 7%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 17,490 $41,090 $23,830 - 63,120 4% 25%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 17,450 $26,300 $17,530 - 35,410 17% 13%
22 Computer support specialists 15,350 $46,840 $23,720 - 75,820 13% 43%
23 Cooks, restaurant 15,030 $21,070 $14,210 - 29,420 12% 5%
24 Team assemblers 14,590 $24,220 $14,580 - 36,950 0% 5%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 14,290 $30,540 $18,490 - 47,060 11% 14%
26 Business operations specialists, all other 14,150 $70,880 $37,140 - 107,830 21% 49%
27 Teacher assistants 14,070 $20,570 $13,870 - 28,380 10% 18%
28 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 13,480 $30,050 $17,080 - 49,420 8% 4%
29 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 13,440 $23,090 $16,020 - 33,320 18% 6%
30 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 13,250 $28,050 $17,130 - 41,250 4% 6%
31 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 12,900 $17,640 $13,260 - 23,480 13% 5%
32 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 11,960 $44,220 $31,140 - 63,240 14% 7%
33 Sales representatives, services, all other 11,460 $63,060 $25,180 - 121,420 28% 48%
34 Bill and account collectors 10,990 $32,700 $21,190 - 44,420 23% 13%
35 Industrial truck and tractor operators 10,540 $27,180 $18,780 - 38,040 -2% 2%
36 Packers and packagers, hand 10,060 $19,400 $13,230 - 30,260 -12% 3%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 9,730 $52,830 $32,060 - 79,250 -5% 15%
38 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 9,170 $54,950 $38,150 - 73,670 11% 33%
39 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 9,060 $34,170 $24,010 - 45,260 4% 15%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 8,530 $55,880 $33,500 - 81,920 9% 10%
41 Medical assistants 8,410 $30,330 $21,940 - 40,360 35% 10%
42 Personal and home care aides 8,070 $14,620 $12,790 - 16,700 51% 10%
43 Tellers 7,890 $26,180 $20,310 - 33,280 14% 16%
44 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 7,860 $39,240 $20,840 - 61,190 14% 4%
45 Telemarketers 7,830 $30,080 $16,860 - 47,940 -10% 14%
46 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 7,620 $16,030 $12,870 - 20,270 12% 6%
47 Home health aides 7,530 $22,180 $14,680 - 34,820 49% 7%
48 Insurance sales agents 7,090 $60,510 $30,380 - 106,980 13% 45%
49 Dishwashers 7,070 $15,790 $12,890 - 19,920 10% 3%
50 Preschool teachers, except special education 7,000 $23,780 $16,240 - 39,700 26% 43%
51 Cooks, fast food 6,960 $16,850 $13,060 - 21,850 8% 5%
52 Carpenters 6,860 $33,120 $22,320 - 47,920 10% 6%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 6,730 $89,570 $39,580 - 162,060 4% 38%
54 Helpers--production workers 6,410 $19,680 $14,090 - 25,730 -1% 4%
55 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 6,360 $56,300 $31,000 - 86,250 7% 13%
56 Electricians 6,340 $41,750 $31,290 - 53,880 7% 7%
57 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 6,250 $58,470 $35,590 - 82,820 9% 47%
58 Driver/sales workers 6,200 $23,820 $13,360 - 39,850 -5% 4%
59 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 6,150 $17,070 $13,010 - 23,250 10% 17%
60 Construction managers 6,050 $72,930 $44,300 - 110,110 16% 29%
61 Loan officers 6,040 $83,110 $39,640 - 143,790 12% 49%
62 Data entry keyers 5,920 $27,700 $19,110 - 37,550 -5% 18%
63 Counter and rental clerks 5,920 $27,650 $13,700 - 50,310 23% 16%
64 Administrative services managers 5,840 $92,730 $46,080 - 146,800 12% 40%
65 Loan interviewers and clerks 5,840 $38,470 $27,900 - 50,690 -1% 24%
66 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 5,740 $33,600 $18,730 - 49,270 5% 2%
67 Food preparation workers 5,740 $17,200 $12,970 - 23,930 15% 7%
68 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 5,720 $32,570 $19,410 - 53,930 -27% 6%
69 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 5,660 $16,350 $12,900 - 22,320 10% 8%
70 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 5,480 $37,830 $20,770 - 57,300 4% 30%
71 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 5,290 $45,210 $27,690 - 64,090 11% 4%
72 Pharmacy technicians 5,270 $29,550 $21,750 - 39,120 32% 16%
73 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 5,190 $30,470 $18,690 - 44,050 -7% 14%
74 Fire fighters 5,180 $54,220 $34,030 - 77,450 12% 18%
75 Real estate sales agents 5,050 $61,150 $21,130 - 11% 45%
76 Medical secretaries 5,010 $30,640 $21,640 - 40,290 17% 18%
77 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 4,970 $58,190 $35,260 - 89,290 0% 42%
78 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 4,800 $43,500 $26,690 - 61,340 3% 13%
79 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 4,800 $21,090 $14,720 - 28,830 -9% 5%
80 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 4,750 $41,830 $23,860 - 62,410 5% 8%
81 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 4,740 $24,920 $14,920 - 39,720 -5% 5%
82 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 4,620 $34,660 $25,360 - 47,670 -1% 22%
83 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 4,610 $57,870 $37,590 - 79,900 4% 18%
84 Property, real estate, and community association managers 4,600 $45,660 $22,600 - 82,720 15% 36%
85 Bus drivers, school 4,600 $23,730 $14,260 - 32,060 9% 4%
86 Paralegals and legal assistants 4,580 $56,820 $32,260 - 76,680 22% 45%
87 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 4,560 $35,280 $23,230 - 53,950 8% 3%
88 Bartenders 4,530 $20,450 $13,160 - 33,570 11% 17%
89 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 4,470 $38,270 $23,410 - 56,150 2% 11%
90 Legal secretaries 4,460 $46,400 $26,220 - 63,970 12% 18%
91 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 4,390 $41,990 $27,950 - 60,700 9% 3%
92 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 4,390 $18,760 $13,430 - 27,090 14% 3%
93 Postal service mail carriers 4,380 $0 $ - 1% 11%
94 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 4,220 $40,560 $25,290 - 54,330 12% 3%
95 Machinists 4,180 $33,250 $20,330 - 50,580 -3% 3%
96 Order clerks 4,040 $30,530 $18,580 - 44,700 -24% 16%
97 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 4,040 $0 $ - -8% 12%
98 Industrial machinery mechanics 3,970 $44,310 $28,240 - 61,670 9% 5%
99 Physicians and surgeons, all other 3,950 $169,170 $45,240 - 0% 0%
100 Cost estimators 3,930 $57,300 $33,330 - 84,140 19% 32%
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Jobs More Common Near Dallas Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Semiconductor processors 32,580 3,030 9
Terrazzo workers and finishers 26,420 200 7.9
Sewers, hand 23,610 250 5.9
Engine and other machine assemblers 33,930 1,120 4.5
Lay-out workers, metal and plastic 34,600 270 4.5
Mechanical door repairers 33,950 400 4.3
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 44,720 3,250 4.1
Aerospace engineers 101,630 2,600 3.6
Loan counselors 39,120 1,470 3.6
Traffic technicians 43,050 160 3.5
Audio-visual collections specialists 57,980 210 3.3
Food scientists and technologists 75,140 240 3.2
Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders 27,080 520 3.2
Athletes and sports competitors 0 320 3.1
Electromechanical equipment assemblers 26,420 2,240 3
Fabric and apparel patternmakers 24,530 170 3
Fence erectors 26,820 400 2.9
Furniture finishers 25,890 660 2.9
Insurance appraisers, auto damage 50,310 310 2.8
Rail car repairers 32,450 160 2.8
Public address system and other announcers 33,300 200 2.8
Etchers and engravers 33,550 200 2.8
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 38,780 150 2.7
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 28,290 450 2.6
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 27,800 2,030 2.6
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 26,160 910 2.5
Photographic process workers 28,120 530 2.5
Choreographers 38,290 220 2.5
Electronics engineers, except computer 93,370 5,500 2.4
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 35,440 2,280 2.4
Counselors, all other 59,010 810 2.4
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 24,760 990 2.4
Industrial engineering technicians 56,800 2,290 2.3
Tax preparers 31,550 1,810 2.3
Cutters and trimmers, hand 23,590 550 2.3
Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 0 1,840 2.3
Operations research analysts 70,230 2,370 2.3
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians 22,780 800 2.3
Animal control workers 35,080 290 2.2
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 29,270 470 2.2
Interior designers 50,840 1,820 2.2
Credit analysts 59,330 2,490 2.2
Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers 38,130 940 2.1
Computer software engineers, systems software 90,990 13,960 2.1
Office machine operators, except computer 28,150 2,690 2.1
Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders 21,000 300 2.1
Correspondence clerks 32,870 320 2.1
Forensic science technicians 45,920 230 2.1
Service station attendants 19,250 2,120 2.1
Financial examiners 80,030 800 2.1

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Dallas, Texas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Film and video editors 99,210 1.99 210
Radio and television announcers 75,330 1.93 450
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 45,270 1.5 3,680
Tour guides and escorts 36,420 1.5 160
Loan officers 83,110 1.41 6,040
Counselors, all other 59,010 1.39 810
Reporters and correspondents 56,460 1.38 510
Lodging managers 71,720 1.38 280
Personal financial advisors 109,690 1.37 3,000
Business teachers, postsecondary 100,670 1.37 570
Computer science teachers, postsecondary 97,990 1.36 230
Landscape architects 86,490 1.36 230
Lawyers 138,380 1.35 8,780
Producers and directors 76,520 1.35 1,000
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 98,630 1.35 820
Paralegals and legal assistants 56,820 1.33 4,580
Chemistry teachers, postsecondary 95,420 1.32 150
Advertising sales agents 61,020 1.3 2,340
Financial managers 120,700 1.3 8,020
Real estate sales agents 61,150 1.3 5,050
Human resources managers, all other 123,450 1.3 760
Legal secretaries 46,400 1.29 4,460
Fire fighters 54,220 1.29 5,180
Financial specialists, all other 73,740 1.29 1,540
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 89,570 1.28 6,730
Marketing managers 130,400 1.28 3,360
Administrative services managers 92,730 1.27 5,840
Chiropractors 100,120 1.27 180
Managers, all other 105,100 1.27 2,810
Optometrists 133,900 1.27 380
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 64,940 1.26 1,640
Market research analysts 73,520 1.25 5,440
Computer programmers 80,400 1.25 12,950
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 69,510 1.25 540
Audio-visual collections specialists 57,980 1.25 210
General and operations managers 120,060 1.25 38,240
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 26,160 1.24 910
Engineering managers 135,940 1.24 3,250
Computer and information systems managers 124,820 1.23 6,360
Chief executives 184,860 1.23 4,000
Sales managers 120,470 1.22 6,550
Network systems and data communications analysts 78,930 1.22 5,970
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 51,980 1.22 360
Sales engineers 100,010 1.22 1,340
Sales representatives, services, all other 63,060 1.22 11,460
Industrial production managers 107,210 1.21 2,530
Telemarketers 30,080 1.21 7,830
Graphic designers 48,830 1.21 3,140
Editors 59,940 1.21 1,160
Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation 38,050 1.21 130

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Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
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