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Career Exploration

There are a number of career choices people can choose, but recognizing which occupations lead to sufficient wages and adequate employment opportunities can be challenging.

To help you prepare for good job opportunities we have developed a career exploration resource page for in-demand occupations in the Gulf Coast region. These resources provide critical labor market information on selected occupations about salaries, job openings, job growth and education and training requirements.

We encourage you to use these tools to make informed decisions about career choices and occupational training opportunities.

Occupations in Demand

  • Where the Jobs Are - A comprehensive list of occupations projected to offer the largest number of employment opportunities now and in the immediate future. The Where the Jobs Are list is a fantastic resource to use if you are interested in locating occupations that present the greatest employment opportunities.

  • High-Skill, High-Growth Booklet - The booklet contains brief descriptions about each high-skill, high-growth occupation, provides useful facts and offers interesting labor market information about popular career choices. It is best used when searching for in-demand occupations in our region.

High Skill, High Growth Magazine Cover      HSHG Magazine

Industry Profiles

The following targeted industries are critical to the Houston-Galveston region's economic future. They employ large numbers of workers, are typically fast-growing, and pay above average wages. 

Targeted Industries List - 12/06/16

Click on an industry below to learn more!




& Utilities

Finance &

& Business

Health Services



Occupation Profiles

The Occupation Profiles present an in-depth look at our high-skill, high-growth occupations.  Each profile goes beyond simple labor market information to offer a more detailed view of each occupation, to include suggested high school coursework, local training providers and major employers who hire individuals within respective occupations.

Click on an occupation below to learn more!







K- 12 Teachers


School Counselors


Career & Technical Education Teachers


Preschool Teachers


Special Education Teachers


Oil & Gas and Related Manufacturing


Chemical Plant Operators

Geological & Petroleum Technicians

Service Unit Operators

Petroleum Pump System Operators

Industrial Machinery Mechanics


Chemical Engineers

Health & Safety Engineers

Petroleum Engineers

Industrial Engineers

Mining & Geological Engineers

Materials Engineers

Marine Engineers

Health Care

Registered Nurses

Licensed Vocational Nurses

Medical Records Technician

Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists


Biomedical Engineers 

Radiologic Technologists

Physical Therapists

Speech Therapists

Respiratory Therapists

Occupational Therapists

Professional & Technical Services

Computer Systems Analyst

Applications Software Developers

Systems Software Developers

Computer Systems Administrators

Aerospace Engineer

Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists


Personal Financial Advisors


Elec. Engineering Technicians

Electrical Engineer

Insurance Claim & Policy Processing Clerks

Insurance Sales Agents


Environmental Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Specialty Construction




Construction Equipment Operators

HVAC Mechanics

Cost Estimators

Civil Engineers


Bus & Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialists

Flight Attendants

Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Additional Resources for Individuals

Check out some of our other career exploration tools!

  • Workforce Solutions YouTube Career Videos - These videos provide a closer look at each of our high-skill, high-growth occupations. Use the videos if you would like to see occupations in action!  Think of it as a virtual field trip or job shadow.

  • Texas Career Check - Texas Career Check is an exploration tool built for students to research different Careers and Schools. This system provides an intuitive way to look for information and descriptions on occupations and schools that the student may be interested in. This tool brings together a wealth of information from various sources maintained by different entities. While these independent entities are informative on their own, they are usually difficult to navigate and the required data is hard to find.

  • Jobs Made Real - A site filled with career videos aimed at a teen audience and organized by interests. They have compiled videos from around the internet to present them to teens, informing them about the available careers and what can get them there. 

  • Education Planner -  Information for Middle and High School students covering career planning, college preparation, self-assessments, and financial advice. They have checklists to keep you on track as you progress.

  • Career/Personality Match - What kind of job would complement your personality, lifestyle and needs? The following sites might help you decide!

    • The Princeton Review Career Quiz - Measuring career compatibility, you will find 24 questions on personal interests. It groups people into a color code and provides compatible occupations. The occupations listed are generated from The Princeton Review's Guide to Your Career.

    • Keirsey Temperament Sorter - Measuring personality, you will find 70 questions dealing with feelings toward specific situations and personal preferences. It groups personalities into four areas, each containing four subgroups. This helps to identify personal strengths and weaknesses.

    • BLS K-12 Career Exploration - Access labor market information for all occupations.

    • Occupation FinderThe Occupation Outlook Hanbdbook can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

    • LaunchMyCareer TexasLaunchMyCareer helps you cut through the confusion and find programs of study that can lead to well-paying jobs.

    • Your Bright Future - Take a self assessment to help jump start your career planning and determine your education and training needs. 
    • TEXASgenuine - This assessment will help you find the top three Career Clusters of interest to begin considering many occupations related to your interests that could be pursued in the future. 
    • Your Free Career Test - These career tests help individuals learn about careers within their area of interest. Only the main test has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, German, Marathi, and Hindi. They also provide a brief overview of a career profile for their careers.

Additional Resources for Educators

  • When I Grow Up - The When I Grow Up curriculum offers career lessons, activities and resources for educators, parents and young people (Grades Pre-K - 12). The curriculum uses fun and exciting activities to expose young people to a variety of high-skill, high-growth career possibilities and important labor market information.

    The High School curriculum has a number of lessons which focus on skills identification, career exploration and employability and job search skills.  The When I Grow Up Workbook (DigitalPDF) not only illuminates many of these lessons in a fun, interactive way, but it also helps students translate their interests and values into potential career options.

    There are a number of other resources to explore within the curriculum, such as, Texas Reality CheckThe Hard FactsMy Next Move and the My Future, My Way Workbook.

    Elementary School Curriculum      Middle School Curriculum      High School Curriculum
    Elementary School
    Middle School
    High School
  • Occupational Posters - Complete with labor market information and descriptions about each occupation, posters can be printed in flyer size or as large as 22x34. Coupled with descriptions and important labor market information, posters provide a clearer picture of each of our targeted occupations.

    Occupational Poster - Engineer      Occupational Poster - Teacher      Occupational Poster - Accounts and Auditors

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    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. |
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Training Events

  • Interviewing/Reference, Cover and Thank You Letters
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. |
  • Creating a Resume/Completing the Applications
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. |
  • Interviewing
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
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Training Events

  • Creating a Resume/Completing the Applications
    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 1:00 p.m. |
  • Interviewing
    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 3:00 p.m. |
  • Creating a Resume/Completing the Applications
    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
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Training Events