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Lubbock Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lubbock, Texas Area

Lubbock, Texas is a regional economic hub. It's the center of a diversified agriculture-industrial complex. Petroleum, engineering products, and cottonseed oil are important economic components for the region. It's also a notable regional warehousing and distribution hub.

Lubbock has call centers, third-party software development, back office support for financial services, data processing centers and a growing information sector.

Texas Tech University is the largest employer and has a large impact on the economy. Employment is provided by industries such as medical devices, food processing and packaging, clean energy equipment producers and bioscience product manufacturing. The Lubbock Regional Bioscience Initiative serves as a link between bioscience resources and companies and promotes entrepreneurship in the bioscience sector.

Lubbock's energy industry is involved with research in wind, soil and water. Texas Tech University has a major role.

Lubbock's primary fields of employment include healthcare, educational services, construction, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, government, and professional, scientific and technical services. Management, professional and related occupations (29% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (27% of the labor force).

Lubbock's largest private employers:

  • United Supermarkets
  • At&T Communications
  • Convergys Corporation
  • Excell Services
  • Tyco Fire Protection
  • Suddenlink Communications
  • G Boren Services
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo Phone Bank

Lubbock's largest public employers:

  • Texas Tech University
  • Covenant Health System
  • Lubbock Independent School District
  • University Medical Center
  • City of Lubbock
  • Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
  • Lubbock County
  • Lubbock State School
  • Friendship Independent School District
  • U.S. Postal Service

Noteworthy information regarding Lubbock, Texas: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or better: 27%. Average salary in 2009: $30,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 80.1 (national average: 100).

Lubbock companies have opportunities to work with helpful organizations such as:

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Most Popular Jobs in Lubbock, 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 3,140 $54,450 $36,090 - 78,270 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1,690 $51,200 $18,850 - 95,470 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,400 $40,350 $31,530 - 51,900 14% 95%
4 Accountants and auditors 830 $52,530 $31,100 - 77,420 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 820 $43,670 $31,780 - 59,420 6% 96%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 810 $41,930 $31,890 - 55,160 11% 95%
7 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 490 $40,140 $25,270 - 59,650 13% 73%
8 Teachers and instructors, all other 450 $43,900 $13,230 - 101,420 9% 54%
9 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 400 $0 $ - 25% 67%
10 Medical and health services managers 310 $64,220 $43,230 - 98,840 16% 57%
11 Lawyers 290 $75,960 $19,170 - 146,290 11% 99%
12 Pharmacists 270 $111,890 $94,630 - 131,180 22% 97%
13 Computer systems analysts 270 $51,120 $31,020 - 66,800 29% 68%
14 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 260 $46,720 $28,660 - 64,760 12% 51%
15 Management analysts 250 $53,260 $33,410 - 83,180 22% 78%
16 Network and computer systems administrators 240 $54,360 $33,320 - 85,870 27% 50%
17 Public relations specialists 240 $45,440 $25,240 - 73,600 18% 81%
18 Child, family, and school social workers 240 $32,080 $26,340 - 39,910 19% 77%
19 Coaches and scouts 230 $64,370 $17,730 - 15% 60%
20 Computer programmers 230 $48,110 $20,660 - 65,620 -4% 73%
21 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 230 $31,420 $22,320 - 43,530 15% 51%
22 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 210 $68,560 $54,070 - 85,910 8% 78%
23 Financial managers 190 $91,910 $40,800 - 138,750 13% 60%
24 Advertising sales agents 190 $47,740 $24,140 - 86,740 20% 56%
25 Sales managers 160 $88,270 $45,230 - 143,090 10% 69%
26 Medical and public health social workers 160 $38,920 $29,930 - 52,140 24% 77%
27 Market research analysts 150 $50,650 $20,830 - 90,080 20% 82%
28 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 140 $47,300 $33,900 - 62,570 -5% 96%
29 Instructional coordinators 140 $42,020 $17,180 - 77,730 23% 79%
30 Occupational therapists 130 $53,350 $13,930 - 84,110 23% 90%
31 Civil engineers 130 $43,270 $17,530 - 73,280 18% 87%
32 Managers, all other 120 $81,990 $43,830 - 131,140 7% 55%
33 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 120 $43,550 $28,570 - 70,990 5% 58%
34 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 120 $40,910 $32,180 - 51,690 20% 87%
35 Network systems and data communications analysts 110 $44,500 $28,940 - 78,850 53% 57%
36 Training and development specialists 110 $38,940 $26,790 - 55,380 18% 56%
37 Education administrators, postsecondary 100 $143,710 $75,290 - 14% 78%
38 Librarians 100 $48,340 $35,970 - 61,270 4% 85%
39 Special education teachers, middle school 100 $42,960 $32,580 - 55,300 16% 87%
40 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 100 $30,480 $22,850 - 38,830 34% 73%
41 Special education teachers, secondary school 100 $0 $ - 9% 87%
42 Chief executives 90 $154,210 $67,380 - 2% 65%
43 Computer software engineers, systems software 90 $91,360 $63,590 - 131,110 28% 85%
44 Computer and information systems managers 90 $75,680 $42,520 - 108,330 16% 73%
45 Credit analysts 90 $60,030 $29,990 - 93,730 2% 60%
46 Speech-language pathologists 90 $53,800 $34,460 - 78,840 11% 98%
47 Detectives and criminal investigators 90 $50,690 $27,330 - 88,730 17% 54%
48 Tax preparers 90 $32,550 $19,480 - 48,590 -8% 54%
49 Computer software engineers, applications 80 $79,260 $47,970 - 124,930 45% 85%
50 Counselors, all other 80 $50,350 $39,610 - 62,620 17% 73%
51 Budget analysts 80 $45,900 $33,300 - 62,600 7% 78%
52 Graphic designers 80 $30,280 $18,310 - 41,980 10% 55%
53 Social and community service managers 70 $52,470 $34,520 - 70,480 25% 72%
54 Floral designers 70 $19,630 $13,500 - 29,710 -9% 55%
55 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 60 $47,230 $27,750 - 65,370 17% 56%
56 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 60 $46,940 $21,450 - 68,740 18% 56%
57 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $41,950 $29,480 - 61,920 18% 56%
58 Health educators 60 $41,780 $22,810 - 71,190 26% 58%
59 Interior designers 60 $37,220 $19,970 - 64,460 20% 55%
60 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 60 $24,790 $15,650 - 31,300 11% 55%
61 Dentists, general 50 $105,610 $42,020 - 9% 100%
62 Marketing managers 50 $99,770 $45,840 - 14% 69%
63 Electrical engineers 50 $73,050 $43,450 - 105,920 6% 81%
64 Veterinarians 50 $71,670 $36,760 - 104,340 35% 100%
65 Financial analysts 50 $67,880 $37,220 - 114,160 34% 87%
66 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50 $46,810 $27,890 - 83,360 25% 93%
67 Architects, except landscape and naval 50 $46,250 $28,590 - 75,200 18% 88%
68 Financial specialists, all other 50 $39,160 $31,440 - 52,110 12% 50%
69 Physician assistants 40 $100,940 $72,810 - 130,130 27% 67%
70 Financial examiners 40 $71,500 $40,550 - 112,830 11% 76%
71 Electronics engineers, except computer 40 $67,480 $52,940 - 91,640 4% 81%
72 Editors 40 $41,750 $19,350 - 81,010 2% 81%
73 Producers and directors 40 $36,350 $22,230 - 60,030 11% 75%
74 Reporters and correspondents 40 $30,740 $20,960 - 41,870 1% 85%
75 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 40 $0 $ - 16% 99%
76 Engineering managers 30 $97,540 $70,950 - 136,360 7% 84%
77 Industrial engineers 30 $71,600 $56,640 - 89,530 20% 74%
78 Database administrators 30 $63,160 $34,050 - 103,970 29% 72%
79 Rehabilitation counselors 30 $40,430 $27,340 - 60,960 23% 73%

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 4,710 $22,950 $13,470 - 39,430 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 4,030 $15,280 $12,850 - 19,100 18% 5%
3 Customer service representatives 3,920 $23,720 $14,660 - 32,480 25% 22%
4 Cashiers 3,390 $15,950 $12,870 - 19,920 -3% 10%
5 Waiters and waitresses 3,100 $16,720 $12,880 - 24,100 11% 14%
6 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 2,160 $42,980 $21,870 - 64,840 6% 29%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 2,130 $26,290 $16,580 - 36,350 1% 18%
8 Personal and home care aides 2,130 $15,340 $12,880 - 19,640 51% 10%
9 Office clerks, general 2,120 $21,740 $14,470 - 30,590 13% 19%
10 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,030 $20,040 $13,550 - 25,900 2% 5%
11 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,990 $20,010 $16,370 - 24,990 18% 7%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,970 $20,850 $13,860 - 30,690 -8% 8%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,870 $18,200 $13,400 - 24,260 15% 4%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 1,800 $32,450 $16,720 - 55,570 11% 14%
15 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,750 $29,510 $18,430 - 42,110 13% 16%
16 General and operations managers 1,690 $92,780 $32,490 - 2% 48%
17 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,470 $30,990 $19,870 - 44,910 10% 4%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,420 $35,720 $22,780 - 50,150 4% 25%
19 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,210 $35,280 $22,200 - 53,360 15% 18%
20 Cooks, restaurant 1,170 $18,020 $13,270 - 24,500 12% 5%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 1,130 $20,560 $14,460 - 26,510 17% 13%
22 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,080 $16,370 $12,960 - 20,960 13% 5%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,070 $27,850 $17,510 - 41,860 10% 6%
24 Construction laborers 980 $21,360 $16,480 - 28,060 11% 5%
25 Teacher assistants 980 $15,490 $12,740 - 19,550 10% 18%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 820 $26,310 $15,160 - 47,200 8% 4%
27 Home health aides 770 $19,320 $15,280 - 24,970 49% 7%
28 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 710 $34,040 $18,750 - 52,070 14% 4%
29 Tellers 710 $19,490 $13,760 - 26,930 14% 16%
30 Administrative services managers 690 $78,850 $45,670 - 116,300 12% 40%
31 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 670 $20,350 $14,690 - 27,350 18% 6%
32 Bartenders 670 $18,470 $12,790 - 32,670 11% 17%
33 Child care workers 650 $15,520 $12,800 - 19,550 18% 15%
34 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 640 $15,190 $12,770 - 19,210 10% 8%
35 Security guards 610 $22,540 $13,500 - 40,210 17% 13%
36 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 580 $49,120 $28,320 - 67,120 11% 33%
37 Food preparation workers 570 $18,430 $13,330 - 24,380 15% 7%
38 Correctional officers and jailers 530 $27,760 $23,450 - 31,520 17% 11%
39 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 530 $25,890 $16,110 - 38,280 4% 6%
40 Counter and rental clerks 520 $19,780 $13,230 - 29,870 23% 16%
41 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 490 $44,600 $32,820 - 51,490 3% 13%
42 Driver/sales workers 490 $22,700 $13,230 - 40,080 -5% 4%
43 Medical assistants 470 $20,360 $16,620 - 26,590 35% 10%
44 Carpenters 460 $30,840 $25,680 - 39,530 10% 6%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 450 $44,690 $28,490 - 65,690 9% 10%
46 Sales representatives, services, all other 450 $40,930 $15,910 - 71,800 28% 48%
47 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 440 $26,980 $19,750 - 36,820 4% 15%
48 Cooks, fast food 430 $17,300 $13,070 - 24,710 8% 5%
49 Insurance sales agents 420 $57,900 $29,870 - 86,520 13% 45%
50 Preschool teachers, except special education 420 $20,220 $13,090 - 37,090 26% 43%
51 Industrial truck and tractor operators 390 $25,350 $17,820 - 36,130 -2% 2%
52 Bus drivers, school 390 $18,180 $14,800 - 20,650 9% 4%
53 Dishwashers 390 $16,470 $13,170 - 20,030 10% 3%
54 Computer support specialists 370 $34,280 $22,990 - 48,650 13% 43%
55 Dental assistants 370 $26,690 $21,220 - 33,470 29% 9%
56 Pharmacy technicians 360 $26,870 $18,250 - 34,520 32% 16%
57 Team assemblers 360 $25,120 $16,430 - 38,310 0% 5%
58 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 360 $15,770 $12,960 - 19,770 12% 6%
59 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 360 $15,260 $12,870 - 18,950 10% 17%
60 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 350 $24,680 $17,190 - 33,640 10% 24%
61 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 340 $26,850 $18,360 - 36,410 5% 2%
62 Medical secretaries 340 $24,390 $17,550 - 31,480 17% 18%
63 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 340 $17,020 $12,990 - 25,370 14% 3%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 330 $50,760 $30,030 - 76,990 7% 13%
65 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 330 $20,480 $14,790 - 27,560 11% 5%
66 Packers and packagers, hand 330 $14,680 $12,790 - 16,750 -12% 3%
67 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 320 $32,280 $22,730 - 42,380 11% 4%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 310 $48,340 $28,490 - 73,750 -5% 15%
69 Education teachers, postsecondary 300 $68,710 $13,620 - 118,050 0% 0%
70 Electricians 300 $33,960 $25,250 - 45,220 7% 7%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 290 $56,890 $33,590 - 80,630 4% 38%
72 Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers 290 $18,450 $13,120 - 25,630 17% 18%
73 Business operations specialists, all other 280 $52,460 $20,950 - 81,760 21% 49%
74 Bill and account collectors 280 $25,580 $17,400 - 34,670 23% 13%
75 Switchboard operators, including answering service 280 $17,360 $13,150 - 23,530 -8% 10%
76 Postal service mail carriers 280 $0 $ - 1% 11%
77 Physicians and surgeons, all other 260 $211,770 $113,530 - 0% 0%
78 Radiologic technologists and technicians 260 $44,250 $33,280 - 60,550 15% 25%
79 Business teachers, postsecondary 250 $0 $ - 0% 0%
80 Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 240 $80,300 $30,460 - 129,410 0% 0%
81 Parts salespersons 230 $32,430 $17,960 - 47,840 -2% 6%
82 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 230 $19,120 $14,140 - 24,710 12% 0%
83 Loan officers 220 $68,640 $33,560 - 121,150 12% 49%
84 Painters, construction and maintenance 220 $25,810 $17,740 - 32,750 12% 6%
85 Order clerks 220 $23,660 $16,710 - 32,080 -24% 16%
86 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 200 $39,630 $31,910 - 50,400 16% 43%
87 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 200 $37,220 $27,730 - 49,060 9% 3%
88 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 200 $32,490 $21,200 - 49,890 8% 3%
89 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 200 $23,780 $17,150 - 31,370 19% 14%
90 Data entry keyers 200 $22,340 $15,860 - 30,810 -5% 18%
91 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 200 $18,080 $12,960 - 34,910 10% 5%
92 Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 200 $16,450 $13,270 - 19,780 -4% 3%
93 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 200 $0 $ - -8% 12%
94 Construction managers 190 $57,530 $35,230 - 89,620 16% 29%
95 Food service managers 190 $49,300 $33,000 - 64,820 5% 24%
96 Property, real estate, and community association managers 190 $40,720 $26,540 - 58,250 15% 36%
97 Loan counselors 190 $32,580 $25,880 - 40,350 4% 49%
98 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 190 $23,440 $17,640 - 31,400 -1% 22%
99 Agricultural equipment operators 190 $18,300 $13,270 - 25,190 -5% 4%
100 Helpers--production workers 190 $18,100 $15,430 - 20,670 -1% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Lubbock Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Agricultural equipment operators 18,300 190 22.3
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 19,970 180 9.4
Education teachers, postsecondary 68,710 300 8.7
Loan counselors 32,580 190 8.6
Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary 74,480 120 7.6
Personal and home care aides 15,340 2,130 5.5
Business teachers, postsecondary 0 250 5.2
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 94,430 140 5
Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 80,300 240 4.7
Medical equipment repairers 34,090 110 4.3
Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 16,450 200 4.1
Physical therapist aides 20,780 130 4.1
English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 72,890 160 3.9
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 26,890 150 3.7
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 23,420 140 3.6
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers 18,450 290 3.5
Residential advisors 19,010 120 3.5
Correctional officers and jailers 27,760 530 3.2
Administrative services managers 78,850 690 3.1
Service station attendants 17,590 170 3.1
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 44,600 490 3
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 18,110 180 3
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 24,260 130 2.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 32,450 1,800 2.6
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 40,140 490 2.4
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 47,300 140 2.4
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 28,740 120 2.4
Couriers and messengers 19,040 180 2.2
Health technologists and technicians, all other 0 120 2.1
Switchboard operators, including answering service 17,360 280 2.1
Medical transcriptionists 27,850 130 1.9
Customer service representatives 23,720 3,920 1.9
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 24,680 350 1.9
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 19,120 230 1.9
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 28,360 160 1.9
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 46,720 260 1.8
Veterinary technologists and technicians 19,440 120 1.8
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 31,420 230 1.8
Civil engineering technicians 32,850 130 1.8
Respiratory therapists 45,730 150 1.8
New accounts clerks 28,680 120 1.8
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,280 4,030 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 42,980 2,160 1.7
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 30,480 100 1.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,010 1,990 1.7
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 59,030 110 1.7
Coaches and scouts 64,370 230 1.6
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 35,310 180 1.6
Occupational therapists 53,350 130 1.6
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 25,340 150 1.6

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Coaches and scouts 64,370 1.8 230
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 94,430 1.42 140
Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 80,300 1.35 240
Automotive body and related repairers 48,970 1.25 180
Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary 74,480 1.22 120
English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 72,890 1.2 160
Physicians and surgeons, all other 211,770 1.19 260
Loan officers 68,640 1.16 220
Teachers and instructors, all other 43,900 1.15 450
Education teachers, postsecondary 68,710 1.15 300
Administrative services managers 78,850 1.08 690
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 59,030 1.08 110
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 32,450 1.07 1,800
Loan interviewers and clerks 34,070 1.07 130
Pharmacists 111,890 1.07 270
Parts salespersons 32,430 1.06 230
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,470 1.05 130
Insurance sales agents 57,900 1.03 420
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers 18,450 1.03 290
Advertising sales agents 47,740 1.02 190
Food service managers 49,300 1.02 190
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 49,120 1.01 580
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 34,970 1.01 180
Cooks, fast food 17,300 0.99 430
Managers, all other 81,990 0.99 120
Financial managers 91,910 0.99 190
Nonfarm animal caretakers 19,960 0.97 170
General and operations managers 92,780 0.96 1,690
Food preparation workers 18,430 0.96 570
Dishwashers 16,470 0.96 390
Pharmacy technicians 26,870 0.96 360
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 42,980 0.95 2,160
Bartenders 18,470 0.95 670
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 35,310 0.95 180
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 19,970 0.95 180
New accounts clerks 28,680 0.94 120
Retail salespersons 22,950 0.94 4,710
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 34,040 0.94 710
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 48,560 0.94 160
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,720 0.92 1,420
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,510 0.92 1,750
File clerks 21,730 0.92 180
Team assemblers 25,120 0.92 360
Cooks, short order 18,330 0.92 110
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 24,260 0.91 130
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 48,340 0.91 310
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,850 0.91 1,970
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,080 0.91 200
Home health aides 19,320 0.91 770
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,280 0.91 1,210

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