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Workforce Solutions by Industry - Education

Workforce Solutions is working to help area employers address current and future labor shortages in key industries. These industries are being identified by their rapid growth, as well as by verifiable current or projected labor shortages in high-skill, high-wage occupations.


The Gulf Coast Education Industry

Educational Services with 277,420 jobs as of 2012 was the third-largest industry in the Gulf Coast Region, just after Retail Trade and Health Care and Social Assistance.  By 2022, Education Services is predicted to overtake Retail Trade to become the second-largest industry just after Health Care.

The number of jobs in the Educational Services industry, which includes centers of learning ranging from elementary schools to universities, is expected to grow 25.3 percent across the 13-county Gulf Coast Region between 2012 and 2022. That equates to an additional 70,260 jobs and is slightly faster than the growth rate projected for all industries at 23.8 percent over the same period. Note that these jobs can be of any type, from janitorial services to administrative support and of course, teachers.

Within Education Services, roughly two-thirds of all jobs were found in Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2012, a figure that is not expected to change significantly over the decade. This subcategory of Education Services is also predicted to see the largest net gain in jobs of any subcategory, up 51,550 by 2022.

A quarter of all Educational Services jobs in the state of Texas can be found in the Gulf Coast Region. The rate of job growth in this industry at the regional level is predicted to exceed that of the state at 25.3 percent compared to 20.5 percent between 2012 and 2022.


Gulf Coast Jobs in Education

Primary, Secondary, and Special Education Teachers
Among the 90,900 Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers in the Gulf Coast Region as of 2012, roughly one-third were elementary school teachers, a quarter were secondary school teachers, and just over 18 percent were middle school teachers.


Gulf Coast Region, Percentage of Teachers by Grade or Specialty, 2012

The number of Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers is expected to grow 31.6 percent across the 13-county Gulf Coast Region between 2012 and 2022. That equates to an additional 28,720 teachers over the decade and reflects much faster growth than the average for all occupations in the region at 23.8 percent over this same period.

Due to retirements, attrition and the need for more teachers resulting from continued population growth in the region, 5,025 Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education job openings are projected each year between 2012 and 2022.


Gulf Coast Region, Percentage of Teachers by Grade or Specialty, 2012


Gulf Coast Region, Projected Employment Growth of Teachers by Grade or Specialty, 2012 – 2022

Average annual earnings for elementary, secondary, and middle school teachers range between $51,000 and $53,000 a year compared to the average for all occupations at just under $50,000.

Gulf Coast Region, Projected Employment Growth of Teachers by Grade or Specialty, 2012 – 2022


Gulf Coast Region, Average Annual Wages of Teachers by Grade or Specialty, 2013

26.7 percent of the 187,900 statewide job openings for Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers across the state are also predicted to occur in the Gulf Coast Region between 2012 and 2022.

For nearly all types of teachers within the Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education category, a bachelor's degree followed by practical teaching experience, and leading to state certification is typically required to enter these occupations.

Gulf Coast Region, Average Annual Wages of Teachers by Grade or Specialty, 2013

 


Education Industry Workgroup

In its current capacity, Workforce Solutions has developed a regional committee of school district leaders to analyze the industry needs and direct energy to these needs. Teacher quality and development, improving hiring practices, and developing a regional framework for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining a skilled workforce round out the objectives for this committee.  For more information on Education Industry Workgroup.

Education Industry Workgroup Membership

Aldine ISD
David Villareal, Ed.D.
Director, Human Resources
Auxiliary Personnel

Alvin ISD
Kim Alvarez
Director, Human Resources

Cypress Fairbanks ISD
Christina Cole
Director, Human Resources
Professional Staffing and Employee Relations

Dickinson ISD
Kimberly Rich
Assistant Superintendent for
Human Resources

Fort Bend ISD
Glenda Johnson
Director of Employee Services
Mary Pena
Sr. Consultant Talent Acquisition

Goose Creek ISD
Tyrone Sylvester, SPHR
Human Resources Director

Houston ISD
Andrew Houlihan
Chief Human Resources Officer

Humble ISD
Kelly Gabrisch
Director of Human Resources

Klein ISD
Dr. Janice Taylor
Executive Director Human Resource Services

Lamar Consolidated ISD
Kathleen M. Bowen, Ed. D.
Chief Human Resources Officer

Spring Branch ISD
Maranne Cribbin, SPHR
Associate Superintendent for Human Resources 
Karen Heeth

Texas City ISD
Marcus Higgs
Director of Human Resources

Gulf Coast Workforce Board
Mark C. Guthrie
Chair
Shareholder, Winstead PC
Daniel Zendejas, PHR
Gulf Coast Workforce Board
Cally Graves
Gulf Coast Workforce Board

 

Creating the Future Workforce

The Houston region offers a wealth of opportunity for job seekers and Workforce Solutions wants to keep it that way. That's why we are partnering with school districts to offer several student level resources to help them begin career planning at a very young age. Go to When I Grow Up to see all of these great resources.

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