Inside the NEW NCcareers.org # 2

Monday, February 22, 2021
Author: 
Jamie Vaughn

NCcareers.org can help you navigate the world of work during the COVID-19 pandemic

NCcareers.org continues to provide critical and timely information to help North Carolinians explore career options and choices. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, some workers, concerned with contracting the COVID-19 virus, may be interested in exploring occupations with less person-to-person contact. NCcareers.org has information for occupations that may be less affected by COVID -19. Users can access this information by clicking on the green COVID-19 response banner at the top of the landing page and then clicking on the Low Contact Occupations tab.

This list was created, using data available on NCcareers.org, by applying a methodology developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to identify “low contact” occupations. These occupations require fewer personal interactions with customers, supervisors and co-workers and can lessen the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Below is a list of the largest Low Contact Occupations in North Carolina listed by statewide employment size and grouped by minimum education requirements. Each occupation title is hyperlinked to the NCcareers.org Occupation Profile page which provides useful information about the occupations as well as hyperlinks for additional resources. The Star Rating for each occupation is included in the list to help job seekers easily identify which occupations are expected to have more promising opportunities.

Low Contact Occupations - No Formal Education Credential

Occupation 2017 Employment Median Wage Star Rating
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 40,712 $20,740 ⭐⭐
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators 23,325 $33,200 ⭐⭐⭐
Crop, Nursery & Greenhouse Farmworkers and Laborers 6,805 $23,040 ⭐⭐
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 5,188 $29,710 ⭐⭐⭐
Machine Feeders & Offbearers 2,615 $26,530 ⭐⭐
Agricultural Equipment Operators 1,074 $25,530 ⭐⭐
Hand Cutters & Trimmers 1,315 $35,850
Textile, Garment, & Related Materials Pressers 1,181 $20,650
Food & Tobacco Roasting, Baking, & Drying Machine Operators & Tenders 1,265 $43,050 ⭐⭐
Conveyor Operators & Tenders 526 $31,520

Low Contact Occupations - High School Diploma or some postsecondary education (not a degree or certificate)

Occupation 2017 Employment Median Wage Star Rating
Secretaries & Administrative Assistants 64,035 $36,330 ⭐⭐
Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerks 47,417 $38,550 ⭐⭐
First-Line Supervisors of Office & Administrative Support Workers 40,135 $53,190 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Shipping, Receiving, & Traffic Clerks 21,106 $31,340 ⭐⭐⭐
Executive Secretaries & Executive Administrative Assistants 18,003 $53,600 ⭐⭐
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 14,442 $84,180 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Billing & Posting Clerks 14,004 $36,100 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Braziers 10,402 $39,610 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, & Investigators 8,657 $61,470 ⭐⭐⭐
Bill & Account Collectors 8,390 $35,280 ⭐⭐

Low Contact Occupations - Post-Secondary Training (often a certificate)

Occupation 2017 Employment Median Wage Star Rating
Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 61,732 $42,140 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Medical Transcriptionists 1,063 $33,550
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers & Repairers 910 $30,880 ⭐⭐
Motorcycle Mechanics 504 $35,600 ⭐⭐

Low Contact Occupations - Associate Degree

Occupation 2017 Employment Median Wage Star Rating
Paralegals & Legal Assistants 9,555 $43,530 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Web Developers 4,493 $68,520 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Architectural & Civil Drafters 2,446 $51,260 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Electronic Drafters 782 $44,740 ⭐⭐⭐
Environmental Engineering Technicians 244 $44,190 Not rated
Desktop Publishers 87 $39,070 Not rated

Low Contact Occupations - Bachelor’s Degree

Occupation 2017 Employment Median Wage Star Rating
Wholesale & Manufacturing Sales Representatives 47,049 $59,920 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Accountants & Auditors 35,549 $69,840 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Applications Software Developer 27,527 $100,560 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Management Analysts 18,981 $83,700 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists 17,599 $62,370 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Human Resources Specialists 17,062 $59,070 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Financial Managers 16,481 $131,610 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Loan Officers 13,606 $62,360 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Computer & Information Systems Managers 12,559 $135,740 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Securities, Commodities & Financial Sales Agents 10,048 $62,360 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Medical & Health Services Managers 9,206 $101,020 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Financial Analysts 8,814 $80,740 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Personal Financial Advisors 8,586 $97,960 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Civil Engineers 8,470 $80,480 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Systems Software Developer 8,269 $104,710 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mechanical Engineers 8,267 $82,730 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Graphic Designers 7,994 $45,210 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Computer Programmers 7,258 $91,340 ⭐⭐⭐
Compliance Officers 7,254 $62,470 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cost Estimators 7,061 $59,750 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Marketing Managers 5,947 $133,190 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Look for more tips on how to use NCcareers.org in the next edition of “Inside the NEW NCcareers.org.”