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We divide the broad occupational groups into high-skill, middle-skill, and low-skill categories based on BLS estimates of the educational attainment and training of people in those jobs. Using this information, we define:

  • High-skill occupations as those in the professional/technical and managerial categories.

  • Low-skill occupations as those in the service and agricultural categories.

  • Middle-skill occupations as all the others, including clerical, sales, construction,

installation/repair, production, and transportation/material moving.

This definition is clearly imperfect, since there are many professional/technical and service jobs that are clearly middle-skill while there are jobs in the clerical, sales and other categories that are not; but, on average, these discrepancies tend to cancel out, and trends in these categories roughly capture the ones we want to measure.

Dental Hygienists

158

58.4

Radiation Therapists

15

57.7

Diagnostic Sonographers

42

52.5

Radiologic Technicians

182

43.4

Respiratory Therapists

94

43.1

Occupational Therapist Assistants

21

38.4

Physical Therapist Assistants

59

37.9

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First-line Supervisors/Managers Inspectors Electricians Plumbers

Technicians

Detectives/Investigators Paralegals/Legal Assistants

First-line Supervisors/Managers Machinists Welders, Cutters, Solderers

Police Officers Fire Fighters

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

1,219

50.4

94

43.7

656

42.3

499

41.3

731

73.0

370

34.0

377

30.6

273

48.3

91

54.0

224

39.1

639

45.2

282

38.3

2

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