Chart Book, May 2008

Occupations Within Industries

Figure 9

Overall, counselors earned relatively high wages in elementary and secondary schools and relatively low wages in individual and family services and vocational rehabilitation services

Wages of counselors in selected industries, May 2008

  • Rehabilitation counselors had the lowest overall mean wage of these occupations. Their largest employer, vocational rehabilitation services, was low paying across occupations.
  • Educational, vocational, and school counselors was the highest paying of these occupations. This occupation was concentrated in elementary and secondary schools, an industry that paid relatively high wages to counselors.
  • Elementary and secondary schools paid the highest wages for four of the five types of counselors. Vocational rehabilitation services and individual and family services had the lowest wages of counselors from the industries shown.
  • The selected industries all employed relatively large numbers of counselors. Individual and family services employed a particularly high number of each type of counselor.
  • Other industries employing counselors include State government; residential mental retardation, mental health and substance abuse facilities; and colleges, universities, and professional schools.

Figure 10

Employment of reporters and correspondents across all industries decreased from 52,550 in May 2004 to 50,690 in May 2008

Employment of reporters and correspondents by medium, May 2004 and May 2008

  • From May 2004 to May 2008, employment of reporters and correspondents decreased among newspaper publishers and television broadcasters and in cable and other subscription programming. Employment of these professionals increased in radio broadcasting and among periodical, book, directory, and other publishers.
  • Between May 2004 and May 2008, wages of reporters and correspondents showed a large increase in the radio broadcasting industry, from a mean of $31,830 to a mean of $46,690.
  • Reporters and correspondents experienced less wage growth in newspaper publishing than in other media, from $35,760 in May 2004 to $39,720 in May 2008.

Figure 11

Many occupations in the U.S. were concentrated in a single industry: 286 occupations had a majority of their employment in one industry, and 59 of these occupations had over 90 percent of their employment in one industry

Occupations with employment concentrated primarily in a single industry, May 2008

  • Sporting goods stores employed over 90 percent of bicycle repairers, and aerospace product and part manufacturing employed over 90 percent of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.
  • Occupations that were specific to one industry include postsecondary education teachers, who were specific to colleges, universities, and professional schools; and postal service mail carriers, who all worked for the Government (neither occupation shown here).

Figure 12

A variety of industries had their employment concentrated in a single occupation

Industries with employment concentrated primarily in a single occupation, May 2008

  • Retail salespersons or cashiers accounted for the majority of employment in six retail industries, including shoe stores and gasoline stations.
  • Transit and intercity bus drivers made up over half of employment in urban transit systems, while sewing machine operators made up just under half of employment in cut and sew apparel manufacturing.
  • Investigation and security services was the industry with the highest percentage of employment in a single occupation: security guards made up almost 75 percent of employment in the industry.
  • All of the occupations shown had average hourly wages below the U.S. average of $20.32.

Figures 13-14

On average, wages of workers who design and develop software and systems were higher than wages of workers who support and maintain existing systems, but wages varied by industry

Mean wages of computer scientists, systems analysts, and software
engineers in selected industries, May 2008

  • Cross-industry mean wages of software engineers and of computer systems analysts and researchers were above $75,000 per year, while wages for network and database administrators and analysts and computer programmers were below $75,000 per year.
  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools was one of the lowest paying industries for all of these occupations.
  • Software publishers and computer systems design and related services were among the highest paying industries for most IT occupations in which workers support and maintain existing systems, but were not among the highest paying industries for development-related occupations.

Mean wages of network and database occupations and of programming occupations in selected industries, May 2008

  • The mean wages of computer support specialists ranged between $40,000 and $55,000 in the industries shown, and the mean wages of computer and information research scientists ranged between $70,000 and $130,000 in the industries shown.

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