What is a middle-skill job?

Middle-skill jobs require some training beyond high school, but not a four-year degree. Despite the current economy, many employers report that they need middle- and high-skilled workers to fill vacant jobs.

Examples of Middle-Skill Jobs

This table lists some common middle-skill jobs in Maryland, along with their average salaries. Click on the education requirements to find training in Maryland for that career.

The green job / bright outlook column identifies jobs with green occupations (leaf icon) and bright outlooks (sun icon).

  • Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.
  • Bright outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.
 

Occupation

Common Education & Training Requirements

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS
Registered Nurses
$74,000 Bright Outlook
Associate's or Bachelor's Degree Maryland Workforce Exchange
Computer Support Specialists
$48,300 Bright Outlook
Associate's or Bachelor's Degree
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers
$45,900 Green OccupationBright Outlook
Apprenticeship
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Dental Hygienists
$72,500 Bright Outlook
Associate's Degree or Post-secondary certificate Maryland Workforce Exchange
Bus/Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists
$43,300
Post-secondary certificate
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Respiratory Therapists
$62,000 Bright Outlook
Associate's Degree
WIA State List
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians
$60,000 Green Occupation
Associate's Degree
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Auto Service Technicians & Mechanics
$39,600 Green OccupationBright Outlook
Post-secondary vocational award
WIA State List
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians
$43,000
Associate's or Bachelor's Degree
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerks
$37,200 Bright Outlook
Associate's Degree
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Electricians
$49,000 Green OccupationBright Outlook
Apprenticeship Maryland Workforce Exchange
Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$54,700 Bright Outlook
Associate's or Bachelor’s Degree; Plus Police Academy Training (Check with local police agencies about their academy trainings.) Maryland Workforce Exchange
Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters
$49,400 Green OccupationBright Outlook
Apprenticeship Maryland Workforce Exchange
Pharmacy Technicians
$28,300 Bright Outlook
Associate's Degree
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Fire Fighters
$48,600 Bright Outlook
Associate's or Bachelorís Degree; plus Fire Academy Training (Check with local fire departments about their academy trainings.) Maryland Workforce Exchange
Paralegals & Legal Assistants
$47,400 Bright Outlook
Associate's or Bachelor’s Degree
WIA State List
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Automotive Body & Related Repairers
$40,900
Associate's Degree or Post-secondary certificate
WIA State List
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Surgical Technologists
$46,300 Bright Outlook
Associate's Degree
WIA State List
Post-secondary vocational award
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Legal Secretaries
$41,400
Associate's Degree or Post-secondary certificate
WIA State List
Maryland Workforce Exchange
Telecommunications Line Installers & Repairers
$57,600
Associate's Degree or Post-secondary certificate
WIA State List
WIA State List
Maryland Workforce Exchange

Source: United States Department of Labor

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Projected Job Openings in Maryland by Skill Level: 2010-2020 - High Skill 39%, Low Skill 24%, Middle Skill 37%