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careers in this path are related to

technologies necessary to design,

develop, install, and maintain physical

systems. These include engineering,
manufacturing, construction, service,
and related technologies.

Career Categories:

Accounting, Office Administration, Business Ownership,

Economics, Personnel, Hospitality/Tourism Management,
Computer/Information Systems , Marketing, Sales, Finance

Are you mechanically inclined and practical? Do you like

reading diagrams and blueprints, and drawing building
structures? Are you curious about how things work? Would
you enjoy painting a house, repairing cars, wiring electrical
circuits, or woodworking? This may be the career path for


May work on passenger and/or freight trains, must work with
both a conductor and a brake-person; can be stressful. During a
breakdown, it is their responsibility to get the train running again
as soon as possible. Some work can require strength and
coordination. May work outside in any weather condition. Hours
of work times are irregular (can be anytime of day) and can even
work on holidays.

Related Careers:

air traffic controller, airport ground crew, truck driver, bus driver,
crane operator, heavy equipment operator, helicopter pilot, pilot
(general), ship's crew, stationary engineer, transpiration

Level of education required: high school diploma

Median wage:

hourly: $26.25, annual: $54,590.


Work in repair shops, will be noisy, must be common with hand
tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers), injury is a risk, work is 5
days a week/40 hours per week, normally no work on holidays

Related Career:
aircraft mechanic, auto-body repairer, automotive service
technician, bicycle mechanic, diesel technician, farm equipment
technician, race car technician, small engine mechanic, indutrial
machinery mechanic, welder.

Level of education required: high school diploma

Median wage:
hourly: $14.30, annual: $29,750


Work in repair shops (also auto dealerships and auto-body paint
shops), will be noisy, injury is a risk (hazards includes sharp
objects, burns, and injuries from power tools), work is 5 days a
week/40 hours per week, must work on one's feet (crouching,
standing, stretching, kneeling), working can be in cramped
positions and can be long and dirty.

aircraft mechanic, auto dealer, automotive services technician,
automobile salesperson, automotive recycler, diesel technician,
elevator installer/repairer, insurance claims adjuster, recreation
vehicle services technician, sheet metal worker, welder.

Level of education required: high school diploma

Median wage:
hourly: $20.15, annually: $41,900

Carpenters build the wooden frameworks that hold up buildings and

beginning trim work such as cabinets, doors, and stairs.

Level of Education: 2-Year College or Technical Training

Median Wage:

Hourly : $19.37 Annual : $40,500

Primary responsibilities:

Prepare the layout of the project.

Estimate height, width, length, and other proportions.
Select materials.
Work with blueprints or instructions from supervisors.
Work with materials such as wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall.
Utilize chisels, planes, saws, drills, and sanders to repair and erect structures.

Related Career :

Construction Worker
Brick masons and Block masons
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Tile and Marble Setters
Helpers--Brick masons, Block masons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

Demolition experts tear down all types of buildings; everything from skyscrapers to
factories, bridges, and houses.

Level of education: High School, 2-Year College or Technical Training, 4-Year

College or University

Median Wage

Hourly : Average demolition expert salaries can vary greatly due to company,
location, industry, experience and benefits.

Annual : $60,000

Mechanical engineers design, create, and repair machines and mechanical

systems of all kinds. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest
engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test
mechanical and thermal devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Level of education: 4-Year College or University

Median Wage : $80,580 per year $38.74 per hour

Related Career:

Aerospace industry researches, designs, manufactures, operates and maintains aircraft

Automotive industry designs, manufactures, distributes and markets motor vehicles

Chemical industry covers oil companies, chemicals manufacturers and the businesses that support them (eg to build new
plants or develop new process technologies)

Construction industry designs and builds infrastructure, buildings and buildings services (eg heating and ventilation)

Defense industry provides equipment, support and services for the armed forces and national security

Electronics industry designs and manufactures components and complete equipment for sectors from automotive to
medicine and the military

Fast moving consumer goods industry manufactures products such as household cleaning items, personal hygiene goods
and convenience foods

Marine industry develops and helps operate vessels

Materials and metals industry activities include developing new materials and manufacturing components or end

Pharmaceuticals industry develops and manufactures drugs

Rail industry designs, constructs, manages and maintains rail system components from trains and tracks to electrical
power systems and train control systems

Utilities industry helps supply power, water, waste management and telecoms.

Petroleum engineering deals with the production of hydrocarbonsthe products of crude oil
and natural gas. This above-ground field focuses on recovering fossil fuels from below ground in
the most economical and environmentally friendly ways. Petroleum engineers design and
develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earths surface. Petroleum
engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.

Level of education: 4-Year College or University

Median Wage : $130,280 per year $62.64 per hour

Related Career

Production engineers : who handle the daily management of oil and gas production operations and help to
maximize profitability by increasing revenue and lowering operating expenses.

Production operations : who implement safe and environmentally sound practices in field operations and

Reservoir engineer : who evaluate field performance opportunities and help maximize the ultimate value of a

Petroleum geologists: who find hydrocarbons by analyzing subsurface structures with geological and
geophysical methods.

Reservoir engineers: who work to optimize production of oil and gas via proper well placement, production
levels and enhanced oil recovery techniques. They use computer simulations to assist in the identification of risks
and to make forecasts on reservoir potential.

Production engineers: who manage the interface between the reservoir and the well through such tasks as
perforations, sand control, artificial lift, downhole flow control and downhole monitoring equipment. They also
select surface equipment that separates the produced fluids (oil, natural gas and water).

Drilling engineers: who manage the technical aspects of drilling both production and injection wells. They work
in multidisciplinary teams alongside other engineers, scientists, drilling teams and contractors.

Truck drivers transport goods and materials in trucks and

tractor-trailers. Mail trucks transport within state. Semis go
country wide.
Paid $22.00 an hour.


Tractor Carriers
$38,200 annually

$18.37 per hour


Software engineers are specialists who are in charge of the

testing, design, development and maintenance of computer
software for business and personal use.
Level of education: 4-Year College or University
$103,367 annually


Software Developers
$93,350 annually

$44.88 per hour


Electrical engineers specialize in power supply and generation.

Level of education: for 4 year bachelor's degree
Salary: $69,368 annually


Aerospace Engineer
$103,720 annually

$49.87 per hour


Perform their duties in offices and laboratories but may also be

sent to work sites for supervising and troubleshooting.
Level of education 4 year bachelor's degree


$91,820 Annually


Illuminating Engineer
$103k Annually

$94k per year



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