Production Occuption Profiles

The Production occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 9,919,120 employed in the Production occupational group earning the mean annual income of $32,320.

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What’s Hot: The Production group is comprised of the largest number of distinct occupations (110) and the second largest number of employees (9,919,120). The power brokers have the power jobs in terms of income, with “Nuclear Power Reactor Operators” at $73,510 per year, “Power Distributors and Dispatchers” at an annual $66,070 average and “Power Plant Operators” at $58,340 operating at #1-3 on the Best Paid list. This is also consistent with “Nuclear Engineers” ($99,750) ranking second on the Architecture and Engineering group income list.

What’s Not: Garment/clothing personnel may find it more difficult to ‘dress for success’ as “Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials” annually average $19,860, “Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers” ($20,230) and “Sewing Machine Operators” ($21,690) are the three Least Paid in the group.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.