New guide from Dept. of Labor offers info for 'middle-skills' workers

Published on Monday, 24 July 2017 22:18
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

The state Department of Labor is trying to make finding a job a little easier for people looking for work in “middle-skills” fields.

“Connecticut’s Manufacturing and Other Middle-skills Jobs” is a detailed guide produced by the agency’s Office of Research that provides an in-depth look into more than 30 jobs and potential careers.

Information provided in the guide includes job titles, job descriptions, areas and industries with the most job postings, related jobs, wage data, education and on-the-job requirements for occupations such as carpenters, dental hygienists, industrial engineering technicians, mechanical drafters, paralegals, legal assistants, tool and die makers and web developers.

For example, carpenters can earn a starting wage of $18.63 an hour, an average wage of $26.21 and should expect a wage range of $16.92 to $37.13.

Some industries with the most job postings for carpenters are specialty trade contractors, department stores and new single-family housing construction.

“Our goal is to give job seekers an idea of the skills needs, wages they can expect to receive and the related jobs within that occupational title,” said Office of Research Director Andy Condon. “For anyone considering a career in any of these occupations, this publication will serve as a very useful tool.”

To view the guide, visit

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Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Manufacturing on Monday, 24 July 2017 22:18. Updated: Monday, 24 July 2017 22:20.