Texas Careers: Overview of Hot Careers in Texas (TX)

May 30, 2018

Facts About Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the population. At just over 28 million residents, Texas is the second most populated state as of 2018. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Texas as of April 2018 was 4.1%, which closely aligns with the national average of 3.9% at that time. The mean hourly wage for all occupations in Texas was $23.42 as of May 2017, and the mean annual wage was at $48,700, which is slightly below the national average of $50,620.

Top Employers In Texas

The state of Texas really centers around the oil and gas industry and the healthcare industry, and the list of the state's top employers attests to that. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop resource, the following businesses are the top ten largest employers in the state of Texas:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Intl Airport
  • University-TX MD Anderson Cancer
  • Shell Deepwater Devmnt Inc
  • Dell Inc
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Utmb General Surgery
  • TX Dept of Transportation
  • Lockheed Martin Corp
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System

Largest Occupations in Texas

Based on the number of positions available, employees in Texas are most likely to find a career in retail, office work, or food preparation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are the top 10 largest occupations in Texas as of May 2017:

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Office Clerks, General
  • Cashiers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Fastest Growing Occupations

A focus for the state of Texas is a shift towards environmentally friendly energy solutions. That's why the fastest growing occupation in Texas is now wind turbine service technician. Here are some details on that and other occupations which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, are expected to have the largest growth in Texas between 2014-2024.

Profession TX Employment 2014 TX Employment 2024 Percent Growth
Wind Turbine Service Technicians 1,370 3,140 130%
Statisticians 1,380 2,090 52%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 3,720 5,560 49%
Nurse Practitioners 8,090 11,970 48%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 4,570 6,650 46%
Commercial Divers 330 480 45%
Operations Research Analysts 7,980 11,570 45%
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers 3,830 5,520 44%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 4,570 6,530 43%
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters 1,970 2,810 43%

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 ten of the fastest-growing careers in Texas are as follows:

Profession Typical Required Training Median Annual Salary in TX, 2017
Wind Turbine Service Technicians Postsecondary non-degree award $55,000
Statisticians Master's Degree $75,530
Occupational Therapy Assistants Associate's Degree $70,810
Nurse Practitioner Master's Degree $109,620
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Associate's Degree $71,800
Commercial Divers Postsecondary non-degree award $48,280
Operations Research Analysts Bachelor's Degree $79,850
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers High school diploma or equivalent $38,730
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Associate's Degree $43,800
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters No formal educational credential $29,820
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