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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 Occupations - The occupations on this list represent jobs that have growth, openings and salaries greater than average for the entire region!  See if you are eligible for a Workforce Solutions Scholarship to train towards or improve your skills within one of these occupations.

  • 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.

HSHG Magazine      HSHG Magazine

Industry/Occupation Profiles

The Industry/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!

Education & Other








School Counselors




Paralegals & Assistants




Chemical Plant Operators

Geological Technicians

Service Unit Operators

Petroleum Pump System Operators

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Electrical Engineering Technicians


Environmental Engineers

Petroleum Engineers

Mining & Geological Engineers

Health Services

Registered Nurses

Licensed Vocational Nurses

Medical Records Technician

Medical Laboratory Technologists



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

Specialty Construction

Advanced Welders



Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

HVAC Mechanics

Cost Estimators

Job Family Charts

The charts provide graphical representations of different occupations within high-demand industries. At a glance, you can view how important labor market elements, such as salary and job openings, compare to other occupations within the same industry.

If you are unsure about potential career options and paths that exist within an industry, these charts provide important labor market information about several occupational choices along with key labor market criteria to help you compare and make informed decisions.

Within each chart you can click on an occupation title to view its profile where you will find detailed job descriptions, salaries and required education.


Specialty Construction Occupation

Top 50 List (8.5x11) - (PDF)

Education & Other Occupations

Top 50 List (8.5x11) - (PDF)


Energy Occupations

Top 50 List (8.5x11) - (PDF)

Health Services Occupations

Top 50 List (8.5x11) - (PDF)

Professional & Technical Services

Top 50 List (8.5x11) - (PDF)

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.

  • Choices Planner - The planner helps individuals build comprehensive portfolios based on interests, values, skills and experience to explore potential career matches and locate training and employment opportunities. You will answer a number of different questions and participate in several activities as you work towards finding your best career matches.

  • 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. 

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

Related Resources

Hiring Events

  • TXU
    Monday, August 21, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. |
  • Ranstad General Partners (Humble)
    Monday, August 21, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. |
  • Stevens Transport
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
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Hiring Events

  • Staffmark
    Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
  • Staffmark
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
  • Sevelen Inc.
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
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Hiring Events

Training Events

  • Creating a Resume/ Completing the Applications
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. |
  • Creating References, Cover and Thank You Letters
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. |
  • Creating a Resume/Completing the Applications
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. |
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Training Events

  • Networking
    Tuesday, September 05, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. |
  • Creating a Resume/Completing the Applications
    Tuesday, September 05, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. |
  • Interviewing
    Tuesday, September 05, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. |
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Training Events

  • Resume Writing
    Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Westheimer
  • Interviewing Skills
    Thursday, October 05, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Westheimer
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