Texas Careers: Overview of Hot Careers in Texas (TX)
Looking for a new career in the Lone Star State? Texas boasts many fast-growing fields, including hospitality, education, healthcare and financial services. Read on to learn more about hot career opportunities in Texas.
Fast-Growing Careers in Texas
Although unemployment rates are high in Texas - 8.2% as of summer 2011 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - they're still below the national average (www.bls.gov). Job seekers hoping to take advantage of career opportunities in the nation's biggest state should consider looking into the fields with the highest growth expectations over the next few years.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) tracks each state's most in-demand occupations based on projected need for employees and percentage growth between 2008 and 2018. The top ten hottest careers in Texas are:
|Profession||Job Openings from 2008 - 2018||Percentage Growth for Employees 2008 - 2018|
|Waiters and waitresses||15,150||24%|
|Food preparation and service workers||13,100||32%|
|Customer service representatives||11,840||23%|
|Child care workers||6,790||20%|
|Laborers and freight, stock and material movers||6,140||2%|
|Home health aides||6,030||55%|
|Personal and home care aides||5,580||47%|
Source: America's Career InfoNet from the DOL (www.careerinfonet.org)
Almost all of these occupations are in fields that are experiencing growth all over the country. These include education, hospitality, retail, healthcare, financial services and business administration.
Understanding Your Options
Of course, just because jobs are available in a certain field doesn't mean that it's right for you. When undergoing any job search, it's important to take stock of your skills, interests and long-term goals. As you consider a particular field or job, you may also want to think about the level of education required to work in that career and what your earning potential may be.
Minimum training requirements and average salaries for the top ten fastest-growing careers in Texas are:
|Profession||Typical Required Training||Average Salary in 2010|
|Cashiers||On the job||$17,800|
|Retail salespeople||On the job||$19,400|
|Waiters and waitresses||On the job||$17,200|
|Food preparation and service workers||On the job||$17,200|
|Customer service representatives||On the job||$28,200|
|Office clerks||On the job||$26,000|
|Child care workers||On the job||$17,800|
|Laborers and freight, stock and material movers||On the job||$21,300|
|Home health aides||On the job||$18,000|
|Personal and home care aides||On the job||$17,000|
Source: The Labor Market & Career Information Department (LMCI) of the Texas Workforce Commission www.tracer2.com
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