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9 jobs with a high percentage of under-35 workers

Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder Writer

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Many recent college graduates are entering the workforce for the first time, but what types of jobs are they pursuing? According to demographic data on the U.S. workforce, certain occupations appear to attract or retain a larger number of younger workers than others. These jobs have a high percentage of workers under 35 – people who have been out of college for about 10 years or less.

These occupations might appeal to younger workers for any number of reasons -- job security, pay, culture, colleagues who are close in age, to name a few. Whatever the reasons may be, it's interesting to see the types of jobs that tend to employ a large number of workers in the same age group. Here are nine occupations with a high percentage of workers ages 25 to 34.

1. Dancers dedicate their time to learning routines and perfecting their skills. They generally perform as part of a group in a variety of settings, including ballet, musical theater and modern dance companies.*
Percent ages 25 to 34: 51**
Education level: Long-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $14.80

2. Bartenders mix and serve drinks to customers directly or through wait staff.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 45
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $9.36

3. Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 44
Education level: First professional degree
Median hourly pay: $55.43

4. Choreographers create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 44
Education level: Work experience in a related occupation
Median hourly pay: $19.40

5. Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 43 percent
Education level: Master's degree
Median hourly pay: $46.89

6. Derrick operators, oil and gas, carry out the plans for drilling that petroleum engineers have designed. They inspect derricks before they are raised or lowered and make sure the drilling fluid is flowing correctly.  
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Short-term on-the-job training
Median hourly pay: $21.95

7. Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions and processes that people develop.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Master's degree
Median hourly pay: $35.92

8. Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or help veterinarians diagnose animals' illnesses and injuries.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Associate degree
Median hourly pay: $14.74

9. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics provide emergency care for sick or injured people.
Percent ages 25 to 34: 42
Education level: Postsecondary non-degree award
Median hourly pay: $15.03

*Job descriptions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Percentage of workers, education level and pay from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. 

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 26/11/2012 - 1:23 PM


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