Houston, TX Career Guide: Fastest Growing Houston Careers

With a population of about 2.1 million, the City of Houston is the 4th most populous city in the United States. The Houston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) consists of 11 counties and covers an area a little smaller than Massachusetts and a little larger than New Jersey. Houston trails only New York City as the home of Fortune 500 companies.

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  • Agriculture
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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
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  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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About Houston's Region

As reported by Workforce Solutions, for statistical purposes, the Houston-Galveston area is part of the Gulf Coast Region, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Houston's Largest Employers

According to Here is Houston Magazine, the following are the top 10 employers in Houston:

  • Memorial Herman Healthcare System
  • Continental Airlines, Inc.
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • ExxonMobil
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Kroger Company
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Methodist Hospital
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Baylor College of Medicine

Fastest-Growing Jobs

The careers below are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the Gulf Coast Region between 2012-2022, as reported by Workforce Solutions:

  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Cost Estimators
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
  • Pre-School, Primary, Secondary and Special Education Teachers
  • Registered Nurses

Fastest Declining Careers

On the flip side, here are some careers projected to decline fastest from 2012-2022, according to Workforce Solutions:

  • Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
  • Broadcast News Analysts
  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Services
  • Utility Meter Readers
  • Postal Service Clerks
  • Postal Service Mail Carriers, Sorters, Processors and Processing Machine Operators
  • Data Entry Keyers
  • Word Processors and Typists
  • Fallers
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