San Antonio Career Outlook & Overview of Fastest Growing Careers

May 26, 2018

The second most populated city in Texas, San Antonio is a vibrant, diverse community with a strong economy and numerous career opportunities. If you are looking for a growing city with a cost of living lower than the national average, San Antonio may be just the place for you. Read on for more information.

Overview of San Antonio, TX

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) boasted an unemployment rate of only 3.5% and a civilian labor force of close to 1.2 million in March 2018. In 2018, a report from Headlight Data named San Antonio the #3 city for fastest-growing U.S. economies. The BLS reported the average hourly wage for those working in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area as $22.21 in May 2017.

Largest Employers

In 2017, five San Antonio companies were named to the Fortune 500 list; Texas as a whole is home to 50 Fortune 500 companies. As reported by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the following were the top 10 largest employers in the San Antonio area in 2018:

  • Lackland Air Force Base
  • Fort Sam Houston-U.S. Army
  • H-E-B
  • USAA
  • Randolph Air Force Base
  • Methodist Healthcare System
  • City of San Antonio
  • Baptist Health System
  • Wells Fargo
  • Harland Clarke

Fastest-Growing Occupations

According to labor market information offered by the Texas Workforce Commission, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in the Alamo Workforce Development Area (WDA) over the 2014-2024 decade. The Alamo WDA includes Bexar County, which includes San Antonio.

  • Statisticians
  • Special Education Teachers, All Other
  • Audiologists
  • Occupational Therapy Aides
  • Cleaning, Washing, & Metal Pickling Equip Operators/Tenders
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
  • Traffic Technicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
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