Texas Private-Sector Employers Add 42,800 Jobs in February

February employment data recorded a boost of 42,800 jobs in the Texas private-sector, marking 20 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 285,200 jobs for an annual employment growth rate 2.3 percent in February.

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“We are encouraged to see the Texas economy continue to expand at a solid pace with Texas adding 40,500 jobs over the month for a total of 285,200 jobs gained over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas’ continued addition of jobs demonstrates the competitive advantages and market opportunities available to our employers and world-class workforce to compete and succeed.”

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in February and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

“Our businesses in Texas continue to thrive and grow in a strong economy, adding 42,800 jobs in February,” said Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas has created an environment for success and continues to support additional business expansion for our broad range of industry employers.”

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Industries adding jobs in February included Professional and Business Services, which added 13,200 positions followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities, which added 11,800 jobs, and Mining and Logging employers added 6,500 positions.

“Our state continues to build on its successes,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We need to continue these efforts in building a better prepared workforce by continuing to offer training programs and training onsite. Our Skills Development Fund provides training grants to jobs, businesses and workers to fulfill a specific need we see in the workforce. We need to solve the problem of not having enough skilled workers by increasing opportunities for customizing job-training.”

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Texas Science and Engineering Fair Seeks Judges for 2018 Competition

More than 1,200 Texas middle and high school students will display their outstanding projects at the 2018 Texas Science and Engineering Fair. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues its commitment to the success of tomorrow’s workforce by co-sponsoring the event with ExxonMobil for the 17th consecutive year. The fair, which is being hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from March 23-24, 2018 in San Antonio.

As a community supported event, the science fair relies on professionals in the science and engineering fields who generously volunteer their time to this event and who are vital to its ongoing success. The fair is currently seeking judges for the junior and senior divisions for 22 project categories. Judges are responsible for evaluating and scoring student projects and providing encouragement and constructive criticism.

“I am very excited to present at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair this year. More importantly, I am honored to be one of the judges that gets to support the next generation of scientists. I encourage my colleagues from the STEM community to join me on Saturday, March 24th,” said 2018 TXSEF Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kate Biberdorf, a lecturer and director of demonstrations and outreach with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

As a part of the judging process, judges will meet and interview regional science fair finalists and provide encouragement to students pursuing future science, technology engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This event offers professionals from a variety of STEM fields a rewarding opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of these talented young people, while also highlighting their professions. Volunteer judges interact with the brightest young scientific minds in Texas and the future innovators of our nation.

Individuals interested in judging can apply on the Texas Science and Engineering website. There are three types of judges for the Texas Science and Engineering Fair: Fair Award judge, Blue Team Award judge and Special Award judge.

Fair Award Judges
Fair awards judges volunteer their time to evaluate projects throughout the fair. Fair award judges are assigned to a specific number of projects based on experience and qualifications in their field of expertise. The fair judge will select first choice, second choice, etc. from one of 17 categories. Each judge will be assigned a category on site during registration.

Blue Team Award Judges
Blue team award judges will select Grand Prize and Best of Show winners from amongst the winners of the individual fair categories who were determined by fair award judges. Blue team judging will begin once all fair award judging is completed and results have been tallied.

Special Award Judges
Each year over 70 professional organizations, representing a wide variety of disciplines, affiliate with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) as special award sponsors. These governmental, industrial and educational organizations recruit their own special award judges to evaluate projects that meet the specific criteria of their awards. Special award judges represent a professional society, company, industry, or the military and have been specifically asked to evaluate projects that will receive scholarships and awards from external organizations. Judges review specific projects in relation to their organization’s scholarship or award.

Winners from the science fair’s senior division will qualify for the Intel ISEF competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2018 and will also earn a spot at the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy, a weeklong residential summer camp, also sponsored by TWC, which will be held this summer at Southern Methodist University. Past winners from this event have gone on to win top prizes at ISEF, visit the White House and attend prestigious universities across the country. The Texas Science and Engineering Fair is officially sanctioned by the Society for Science & the Public, the annual host of ISEF.

For more information about the Texas Science and Engineering Fair visit www.txsef.org.

Texas Tri-Agency Partners Relaunch ‘Texas Internship Challenge’ to Connect Education with Careers

As students in high school and college begin their search for internships for the summer and fall, Texas’ Tri-Agency partners continue their work through the “Texas Internship Challenge” to help bolster the opportunities available for young people.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) joined forces to establish the Texas Internship Challenge, a statewide campaign first launched in 2017 and now relaunched in 2018, challenging industry and employer partners to increase and promote more paid internships for Texas students.

The program also challenges Texas colleges and universities to grant academic credit for and promote internships to students, and challenges students to apply for and accept internships.

TWC has created a website, TXInternshipChallenge.com, where employers can post internships and students can apply for them at no cost.

“Internships provide invaluable mentoring which positions our students for future success by increasing their skills, awareness and work-readiness for Texas careers,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Internships present employers with a unique opportunity to raise students’ understanding of their industry and can serve as a launch point for recruiting a future worker. I challenge Texas employers to join the Texas Internship Challenge and help the future Texas workforce understand the broad range of occupations available to them in the Texas economy.”

Through the Texas Internship Challenge, the Tri-Agency partners are addressing a workforce need which it has heard frequently from employers: That students need to learn/acquire workplace skills. Internships help students learn workplace skills, introduce and expose students to the state’s in-demand industries, and help students be more competitive for a job search. One of the four goals of the state’s 60x30TX strategic plan for higher education is for students to have identified marketable skills. These skills are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities such as internships.

Employers gain potential full-time employees that can be recruited directly from qualified interns, as well as exposure for their company and their industry’s in-demand occupations. Internships have become an important part of upward mobility for future job seekers—60 percent of employers prefer work experience gained through an internship or professional experience.

On Feb. 5, the Tri-Agency partners met in Austin with industry and education stakeholders to discuss expansion strategies for the Texas Internship Challenge. Chairman Alcantar, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth Ruggero Hughs and TWC Labor Commissioner Julian Alvarez were joined by executives from Lockheed Martin Corporation, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase, among other industry and education leaders to discuss specific goals on internship expansion strategies, which include stressing the importance of internships, examining different strategies to grow internships and listening to ways the program can expand outreach.

“We must ensure that every child leaves high school prepared for success, whether they choose to attend college, enroll in the military or enter the career field,” said Commissioner Morath. “The Texas Internship Challenge provides every high school student in Texas the stepping stone to a bright future of opportunities.”

“Working with the business community to create more paid internship opportunities is one of the most promising strategies we can offer for students, especially for the more than 60 percent of poor kids in Texas,” said Commissioner Paredes. “These students have to earn income to make their way through college. Paid internships get them into business networks, help them find a job after college, and help them acquire the marketable skills they need to get those jobs. This supports our 60x30TX marketable skills and student debt goals, and enables Texas employers to promote jobs in their industries to our future workforce.”

“In our meetings across the state employers expressed the need to have a talent pipeline equipped with work-based learning experiences. Internships will prepare students with skills to meet the demands of the 21st Century,” said Commissioner Hughs. “I applaud and continue to challenge Texas employers in helping the future Texas workforce understand the broad range of opportunities available to them in a growing Texas economy.”

“Internships not only provide important work and life experiences for students, but also set them up for future workplace success,” said Commissioner Alvarez. “The Texas Internship Challenge will help link learning in the classroom, create relevance between the different subjects studied, and help all students develop the skills required for future occupations.”

The agencies encourage internship programs as a bridge for students to explore in-demand industries and occupations. Students will benefit from mentoring, career guidance, identification of marketable skills, and learn about high-demand occupations. Employers will benefit from the opportunity to explore candidates for full-time recruitment and leverage the developing skill sets and perspectives of students, while also highlighting careers in their industries.

Learn more about upcoming internship opportunities or how to post an internship by visiting TXInternshipChallenge.com.

Texas Adds 306,900 Jobs Over the Year

State records record-level employment gains in the fourth quarter

The Texas economy added 306,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 400 jobs added in December. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent in December, marking 92 consecutive months of annual growth. Texas ended 2017 with record-level job creation numbers during the fourth quarter, adding 121,300 jobs from October to December.

“TWC looks forward to another year of strong partnerships with innovative Texas employers as they continue to create valuable opportunities for the Texas workforce and contribute to our state’s economic success,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was to 3.9 percent in December and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

“Private sector employers had a successful year in Texas, adding almost 270,000 jobs since December 2016,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “This growth is a great illustration of the value and opportunity that employers bring to the Texas economy.”

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Industries adding jobs in December included Leisure and Hospitality, which added 6,800 jobs; Construction added 4,300 jobs; and Information, which added 3,600 jobs, and includes traditional and software publishing, data processing and hosting, and telecommunications companies.

“The unemployment rate in Texas fell nearly a point over the year 2017, which is great news for workers in the Lone Star State,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Positive economic growth means continued opportunities for the expanding labor force here in Texas.”

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Texas Economy Adds 54,500 Jobs in November and Unemployment Rate Drops to New Record Low 3.8%

The latest Employment report shows that Texas added an estimated 330,600 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. Texas’ total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment increased by 54,500 jobs in November’s preliminary estimate. Annual employment growth for Texas increased to 2.7 percent in November, marking 91 consecutive months of annual growth.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in November, setting a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades.

“Private-sector employers added 52,000 jobs in November and have accounted for the addition of 294,600 positions in Texas over the past year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “I am encouraged by the growth across a variety of industries and commend our employers for their investment in our Texas workforce.”

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Employment in Education and Health Services increased by 8,200 positions. Over the year, this industry has gained 40,400 jobs. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment grew by 8,200 jobs, and Manufacturing industry jobs increased by 2,700 positions.

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.6 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 2.7 percent. The San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA registered a rate of 3.0 percent for November.

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Summer Earn and Learn Employment Helps Set Career Paths for Students

This summer Texas Workforce Solutions Offices, in partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions–Vocational Rehabilitation Services staff, launched Summer Earn and Learn. The program helps teenagers and young adult students with disabilities, aged 14 to 22, gain employment experience and build confidence and skills for lifelong success. Following are success stories that highlight how the Summer Earn and Learn  program positively affected the lives of young workers and employers.

Workforce Solutions Alamo

Maureen first learned of the Summer Earn and Learn program through Workforce Solutions Alamo Youth Services. After being selected to participate, Maureen was hired as greeter by the Alamo College Eastside Education and Training Center (EETC).

Maureen and Steve Duran“Maureen’s primary responsibility was to welcome our customers,” said Alamo College EETC Supervisor Steve Duran. “However, she took initiative, watched another employee staff the front desk and instantly followed her lead. Maureen started answering phones and assisting students with other matters…always with a genuine smile on her face.”

Duran was so impressed with Maureen’s work ethic that he presented her with a $500 scholarship to help pay for Maureen’s expenses to attend San Antonio College. Maureen aspires to become a sign language interpreter.

“Participating in the Summer Earn and Learn program was fantastic,” said Duran. “I’d do it again in a New York minute.”

View a video of Maureen as she describes her success and accepts her scholarship.

Workforce Solutions Central Texas

Dominque

Before participating in the Summer Earn and Learn program, Dominique attended Workforce Solutions Central Texas’ (Central Texas) Employability Training, in which he learned the work duties and responsibilities of a recreational aide staff person.

After his training, Dominique began his summer employment with the Clements Boys & Girls Club Woody Hall Unit. Witnessing Dominique’s eagerness to learn, his Clements Boys & Girl Club supervisor provided bi-weekly reports to Central Texas on Dominique’s dedication to his job and positive work ethic and demeanor.

“Dominique was an extremely conscientious and hard worker,” said Clements Boys & Girls Club Unit Director Calvin Darthard. “We were impressed by how he motivated and inspired the students and look forward to participating in the Summer Earn and Learn program next summer.”

Under the guidance of professional counselors, Dominique assisted third and fifth graders with behavior modification. Clements Boys & Girls Club was grateful of Dominique’s desire to learn and the receptive interaction between him and the younger students. Clements Boys & Girls Club offered to retain Dominique after the Summer Earn and Learn program ended, and he enthusiastically accepted the offer to continue his employment. Dominique is also assisting the unit with its athletic programs.

“I enjoy coaching and motivating youth when they think they are defeated,” said Dominique. “I like to remind them that winning is a team effort.”

Workforce Solutions North Texas

As a young child interested in art, Holly always envisioned herself working as a graphics designer. When presented with the opportunity to be employed by a local printing company during the summer, Holly quickly accepted the offer.

HollyWorkforce Solutions North Texas partnered with employer Sawyer Printing & Promo to place Holly as a printing assistant within the company. Holly’s duties included assisting with print orders and creating graphic designs. She also learned basic management skills needed to ensure printshop workflow and operations.

“We were delighted to have Holly with us for the summer,” said business namesake owner Tim Sawyer. “Her keen interest of graphics design was a perfect fit for our company. Nothing but good came from the opportunity of providing Holly with a glimpse of what her future career might look like, and I know she will go far in her studies and the graphics design industry.”

Holly is currently a freshman at Oklahoma Christian University and majoring in Graphic Design.

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Holly and her Sawyer Printing & Promo co-workers. From left: Business Manager Jennifer Blackwell; Graphics Designer Emily Pettijohn; Owner Tim Sawyer; Holly.

 

Five Ways Employers Can Use People First Language

People First Language refers to an objective and respectful way to speak about individuals with disabilities by emphasizing the person rather than the disability. A primary example includes saying “people with disabilities” rather than saying “the disabled” or “the handicapped.” By speaking and writing about the person before the disability, People First Language helps create a culture of inclusion.

Employers using People First Language in the workplace can help foster a culture of respect that supports the recruitment and retention of a skilled workforce as well as a valuable customer base.

Below are five ways employers can use People First Language in the workplace:

  • Verbally: Use People First Language when communicating verbally with employees and customers.
  • Orientation: Include information about People First Language during new employee orientation.
  • Signage: Ensure signage and other posted materials around the workplace include People First Language.
  • Communications: Incorporate People First Language in internal and external digital communications.
  • Meetings: Remind employees about People First Language during staff meetings.

People with disabilities are an underutilized and untapped segment of the workforce. Approximately 1.6 million Texans who are working age have a disability, and roughly a quarter have a bachelor’s degree or higher.1 However, only about half of people who happen to have a disability are employed.2

Did you know that 33 percent of hiring managers and executives reported that employees with disabilities stay in their jobs longer?3 And, employees with disabilities are rated by supervisors as being equally or more productive than coworkers and as achieving equal or better overall job performance.4

So how can employers tap into this large, skilled talent pool? One way is by creating a culture of inclusion by using People First Language as shown in this chart.

Say This in the Workplace Don’t Say This in the Workplace
Accessible parking, bathrooms, etc. Handicapped parking, bathrooms, etc.
Person who uses a wheelchair or a mobility chair Confined to a wheelchair; wheelchair bound
People who are blind or visually impaired The blind
Person with a learning disability Learning disabled

The Texas HireAbility campaign raises awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and highlights the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities.

1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates. www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/

2 U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates. www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/

3 K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability Collection, Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities. (2013). www.digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/edicollect/1292/

4 Center for Workforce Preparation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Disability: Dispelling the Myths – How People with Disabilities Can Meet Employer Needs. www.ohioemploymentfirst.org/up_doc/Disability_Business_Case.pdf 

Project SEARCH at Seton Healthcare Family Increases Employment Rate for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Project SEARCH at Seton Healthcare Family, part of Ascension, is a business led workforce development effort which successfully prepares and trains individuals with intellectual disabilities for competitive employment. Through yearlong internships, individuals build marketable vocational skills in three areas of the hospital which allows for seamless and total immersion in the workplace.

For the past 10 years, Project SEARCH at Seton has developed strong community collaborations between business, school districts, vocational rehabilitation agencies and other disability service providers all with the same goal of competitive employment for each Project SEARCH participant.

Project SEARCH at Seton collaborated with Texas Workforce Commission on a video demonstrating the benefits of hiring individuals with unique skill sets. In the video, Seton executives discuss the importance of recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the community they serve. To date, Seton has a return on investment of about 1.8 million dollars in terms of productive time from Project SEARCH interns over the past 10 years.

For Project SEARCH graduates, this experience is an opportunity to build essential vocational skills in a critical care setting while leveraging their talents. From 2007-2016, Project SEARCH at Seton has graduated 158 interns. Of those graduates, 91 percent transitioned into competitive employment either at Seton or in the community. This is an outstanding result compared to the national unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities, which is over twice the unemployment rate for individuals without disabilities.

Our video profiles three employees, Naomi, Sabrina and Daniel, who discuss how employment through Project SEARCH at Seton has impacted their lives, launched their careers, and ultimately, provided an opportunity for them to play a vital role in healthcare delivery throughout Central Texas.

Texas Workforce Commission is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the Texas Workforce Solutions network for a campaign called Texas HireAbility to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

Students Experiencing New Job Opportunities at Careers in Texas Industries Week

Careers in Texas Industries Week logoThe Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, is hosting statewide career exploration events for middle and high school students as part of Careers in Texas Industries Week during September 25-30, 2017.

The week is designed to increase awareness among students, parents and counselors about the opportunities of in-demand careers in Texas industries. The events will enable students to explore careers and provide employers with opportunities to showcase the exciting and rewarding careers in their industries.

Workforce Solutions Tarrant County will host an Industry Discovery Expo on September 29. Over 1,800 students are registered to attend, with companies representing industries from around the region set to participate in the event. The aerospace industry’s leading innovators that make up Workforce Solutions’ DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium, such as Lockheed Martin and Airbus Helicopters will be represented at the expo. The Consortium will have a booth and is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ aviation program to showcase the FLYBY DFW game app at the Expo.

The FLYBY app was designed to generate interest in aerospace and aviation careers at the elementary, middle and high school level to build a local talent pipeline for employment opportunities. The game features aircraft from local aerospace companies and students earn points for answering aerospace and aviation trivia questions. Students attending the event will be able to play the game and ask questions of the game designers and developers.

“At Lockheed Martin, we believe the success we have experienced in talent recruitment starts at the middle- and high-school levels with career exploration events such as these,” said Jon Gustafson, Lockheed Martin Corporation Economic Development Lead. “This stage of exploration and inquisitive questioning often leads to tomorrow’s innovation. I continue to be inspired and amazed by the talent within the DFW region. If you are not working with your local workforce board to help discover the talent in your area, I encourage you to reach out to them now!” Gustafson continued, “I would like to applaud the Texas Workforce Commission, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and other Tri-Agency partners for all the work that has gone into the Careers in Texas Industries Week.”

The Industry Discovery Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and some of the participants and activities include a live 3-D printer demonstration, opportunity to talk to recruiters from Lockheed Martin about STEM careers and an Airbus helicopter landing, where students will be able to explore and ask questions about the aviation industry. MedStar will have an ambulance on site to discuss medical careers. Kirkbooth photos will be on hand to take professional headshots for students, highlighting the importance of a professional headshot.

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is proud to host our Industry Discovery Expo, on September 29 in recognition of Careers in Texas Industries Week. This is an opportunity for students to explore exciting in-demand career opportunities available to them in the DFW region,” said Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Executive Director Judy McDonald. “What a competitive advantage we are providing our future workforce to network with some of the top employers and learn about career pathways and possible internship opportunities.”

Other statewide events include:

  • Workforce Solutions Concho Valley
    • Workforce Solutions Concho Valley is hosting their 26th Annual Business Expo and Career Connection where over 300 students are expected to attend. Students will have access to demos presented by industries and business that include Suddenlink Cable, wireless phone companies, nursing and a da Vinci robotic surgical system.
  • Workforce Solutions of the Heart of Texas
    • Workforce Solutions Heart of Texas is hosting over 700 students for their Yes! To Careers in Texas event. The event will feature a cyber café where students can access free Wi-Fi and review Texas Reality Check, Texas Career Check and the Texas Internship Challenge web portals.
  • Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas
    • Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas is hosting a “3-2-1…Careers in Action” video contest for middle and high school students who have interviewed employers, researched job skills, and filmed and edited videos highlighting top industry clusters. Contest finalists will be recognized at a red-carpet premiere featuring a screening of the winning films showcasing career clusters and occupations. Up to $15,000 in prizes will be awarded for winning entries. Prize money will go to sponsoring teachers for their classrooms. This is an opportunity for students and teachers to learn more about the necessary skills, training and certifications needed to pursue career in the filmmaking industry and be hired by local businesses.

Careers in Texas Industries Week will showcase available labor market information tools, including Texas Reality CheckTexas Career Check and Texas Internship Challenge, which assist youth in exploring career opportunities in different industries and plan for their futures.

The Careers in Texas Industries Week website contains event information, outreach materials and links to career exploration tools. TWC will also connect students and educators with employers through the TWC blogFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn webpages. For more information about Careers in Texas Industries Week, go to texasworkforce.org/careerstxindustries.

 

Texas by the Numbers: Top Occupations in Texas

Recently released employer survey data from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) provides a look at annual wage estimates for over 800 occupations, and highlights top paying jobs in Texas, as well as 10-year projected growth for top industries and occupations.

TWC’s Labor Market Career Information (LMCI) department compiles the data and makes it available to the public. The data includes employment statistics and customized information regarding occupational staffing trends, hiring patterns, salary and local employment history.

Current data shows the top 15 occupations were in healthcare. Other top occupations include chief executives, airline pilots and architects.

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas across Texas.

The Texas Wages and Employment Projections interactive web tool allows users to view a wide range of this wage data, including employment estimates for entry level and experienced level wages.

Here are several quick facts from the most recent Texas occupational employment report:

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  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations is the largest occupational group which accounts for 17% of Texas employment or about 2 million jobs.
  • Twelve of the 15 highest paying occupations were healthcare occupations, including several physician and dentist occupations (all paying above $166,000).
  • Registered Nurses, with 207,810 jobs, was the largest healthcare occupation. Most Registered Nurses worked in the General Medical and Surgical Hospitals industry (118,600).
  • Registered Nurses ($70,390) was the largest occupation with above-average wages.
  • Other than registered nurses, the largest healthcare occupations were Nursing Assistants (87,930), Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (70,810), and Home Health Aides (67,180).
  • All computer occupations pay higher than the mean, median, entry and experienced wages for all occupations combined. Actuaries have the highest average wage of $121,300.
  • The highest paying construction and extraction occupations were Elevator Installers and Repairers ($71,140) and First-Line Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers ($68,740).
  • Construction and Extraction occupations had employment of 579,760 in May 2016, representing 4.9 percent of total Texas employment. Over 78 percent (450,000) of these jobs were in construction trades occupations, including Construction Laborers (100,600), First-Line Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers (68,270), Electricians (57,540) and Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (40,530).
  • The largest occupation overall were retail salespersons (383,080) and General Office Clerks (363,020).

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Source: May 2016 Texas Occupational Employment and Wages

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