There are many careers from which people can choose, but recognizing which industries and occupations lead to good wages and adequate employment opportunities can be challenging. We are often limited by our personal experiences.
To help you prepare for good job opportunities Workforce Solutions has gathered information on key industries and in-demand occupations in the Gulf Coast region. These resources provide critical information on potential careers including wages/salaries, projected job openings, job growth as well as education and training requirements.
We encourage you to use these tools to make informed decisions about both career and educational opportunities.
*Note: We are in the process of updating our career planning materials. During this transition, some pages will still have 2014-2024 projection data.
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.
Click on an industry cluster below to learn more!
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 (Updated 02/05/19).
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 (Updated 02/05/19).
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.
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!
Additional Resources for Individuals
There are many career exploration resources from local, state and national organizations. We have gathered a full list of some of the most requested. To view, click here.
An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and specialized classes to help workers enter highly skilled occupations. Workers earn a salary while gaining valuable skills.
This site informs students and prospective candidates about education and career opportunities in the Gulf Coast's thriving petrochemical industry.
Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas
Dream It. Do It. Learn about manufacturing careers in our region.
Steel Toe Pro
Learn about the many specialized occupations in the construction industry. Craft jobs involve fabrication, assembly, and installation of components and materials in buildings, industrial facilities, roads and infrastructure, shipyards, and the oil patch.
A place where you can learn about the many well-paid, rewarding careers that require less than a four-year college degree-and the steps to achieving them.
Texas Career Check
Texas Career Check offers information on hundreds of job titles, pay information, and future projected jobs, this interactive website can help answer your education and career exploration questions.
O-Net Interest Profiler
The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can identify what you enjoy most then decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
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 (Digital, PDF) 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 Check, The Hard Facts, My Next Move and the My Future, My Way Workbook.
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.
Authorization to Work documents checklist
- Lake Jackson-Youth Virtual Hiring Event
Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Lake Jackson
- Huntsville-Virtual Hiring Event
Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Huntsville
- Conroe-Virtual Hiring Event
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Conore
- Central Fort Bend County Career Connections, COVID VIRTUAL JOB CLUB
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Invite (invitation only - partners, and registered job seekers
- Virtual Job Event - Youth
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:00 p.m. | http://www.facebook.com/workforcesolutionslj/
- Virtual Job Event - Youth
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 2:00 p.m. | Zoom