The federal standard for affordable rent is that it cost no more than 30% of a resident's income. The San Jose Housing Department reports that the average monthly rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in San Jose was $2,724 in the 2nd quarter of 2021. Despite a temporary drop in rents over this period due to the pandemic, renters would have to earn $52 per hour ($108,960/year) to afford this rent. Assuming that a household had only one wage-earner, which of the following workers could afford that rent based on the median wage for their profession?

A Civil Engineer ($118,690/year) can afford San Jose’s average rent.
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A Landscape Architect ($88,714/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $20,246.
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A Graphic Designer ($79,379/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $29,581.
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A Computer Programmer ($115,834/year) can afford San Jose’s average rent.
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A Librarian below the supervisory level ($74,349/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $34,611.
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A Registered Nurse ($149,850/year) can afford San Jose’s average rent.
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A Psychologist ($97,509/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $11,451.
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A Police Officer ($135,794/year) can afford San Jose’s average rent.
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An Aerospace Engineering Technician ($80,042/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $28,918.
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A Childcare Worker ($35,935/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $73,025.
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An Electrician ($88,351) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $20,609.
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A Community Health Worker ($68,278/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $40,682.
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A Middle School Teacher ($83,470/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $25,490.
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A Computer Network Support Specialists ($81,654/year) cannot afford San Jose’s average rent. They would face a yearly shortfall of $27,306.
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A Firefighter ($130,190) can afford San Jose’s average rent.
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