Houston, TX Career Guide: Fastest Growing Houston Careers

With a population of about 2.3 million in 2018, according to houstontx.gov, the City of Houston is the 4th most populous city in the United States. With the current unemployment rate trending downward, job seekers could realize more opportunities in this city over the next several years.

About Houston's Region

Houston, Texas, is part of the Gulf Coast Region of this large state. In March 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for the Houston area was 4.6%, which was down slightly from both January and February. The BLS also reports that the mean hourly wage for those working in this Texas city was $25.87 as of May 2017, which was higher than the national average.

Houston's Largest Employers

In 2017, 20 Houston-area companies made the Fortune 500 list, and 15 more were placed in the Fortune 1000. According to Greater Houston Partnership, the following are 10 of the top employers in Houston as of 2017:

  • Walmart
  • Memorial Hermann Health System
  • H-E-B
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • ExxonMobil
  • HCA
  • Kroger Company
  • United Airlines
  • Schlumberger
  • Shell Oil Company

Fastest-Growing Jobs

Careers in a wide variety of areas, especially hospitality and medicine, are expected to see growth in the Houston area in the coming years. The careers below are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the Gulf Coast Region between 2014-2024, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission:

  • Restaurant Cooks
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers, Incl. Fast Food
  • First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation & Serving Workers
  • Bartenders
  • Counter Attendants; Cafeteria/Food Concession/Coffee Shop
  • Medical Assistants
  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  • Hosts and Hostesses; Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Nursing Assistants

Fastest Declining Careers

On the flip side, some careers will not experience the types of growth expected in those jobs listed above; in fact, some will see a significant decline. Here are some careers projected to decline fastest from 2014-2024, according to the Texas Workforce Commission:

  • Electronic Equipment Installers & Repairers, Motor Vehicles
  • Lathe/Turning Mach Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders
  • Forging Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Metal/Plastic
  • Plating & Coating Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders
  • Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, & Tenders
  • Drilling & Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, & Tenders
  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Services
  • Tool Grinders, Filers, & Sharpeners
  • Layout Workers, Metal/Plastic
  • Tool & Die Makers
  • Mail Clerks & Mail Machine Operators, Ex. Postal Service
  • Computer Operators
  • Word Processors and Typists
  • Extraction Workers and Extraction Worker Helpers
  • Roustabouts, Oil & Gas

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