Employment Opportunities in Lubbock, Texas

English Philosophy building at Texas Tech University (photos this page public domain)
English Philosophy building at Texas Tech University (photos this page public domain)

Southern Texas Panhandle

Lubbock, the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas is in the Southern Plains Region of the state, just south of the Texas Panhandle.

The Greater Lubbock Metro Area is comprised of two counties: Lubbock and Crosby. Industries that contribute most dollars to the local economy include:

  1. Government,
  2. Education & Health Services, and
  3. Retail Trade

Location of Lubbock

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Lubbock, TX, USA
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Famous Resident: bUDDY hOLLY

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Buddy Holly at Lubbock, near the Buddy Holly Center and Museum.
Buddy Holly at Lubbock, near the Buddy Holly Center and Museum.
Buddy Holly at Lubbock, near the Buddy Holly Center and Museum.

Holly Plaza

Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza commemorates the famous rock artist and his wife.

Holly Plaza and West Texas Walk of Fame

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19th St & Crickets Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401, USA
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American Wind Power Center

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American Wind Power Center, Lubbock, TX 79403, USA
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Wind Power Honor

The American Wind Power Center is a museum of wind power on 28 acres of city park land east of downtown Lubbock It features over 160 American windmills

 American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, Texas.
American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, Texas. | Source

New Business and Jobs

Small Business Administrations Sites: Lubbock and Texas

See the link below to the Lubbuck SBA, from which this graphic is supplied. You will see that new small business creation is promoted in Lubbock and across Texas under the Obama Administration 2009 - 2012, expecially for US Veterans.
See the link below to the Lubbuck SBA, from which this graphic is supplied. You will see that new small business creation is promoted in Lubbock and across Texas under the Obama Administration 2009 - 2012, especially for US Veterans.

Employment Trends

Increasing Job Listings

The numbers of job listings in the Lubbock and West or NW Texas have risen, but fluctuated during 2005 - 2010. Generally, a rising curve in the graphs below indicates an increase in numbers steadily since September 2008, with a notable resurgence in February 2009.

Top job listing titles found by in Lubbock increased to 4,000+ in late 2016 from 2,200 open positions during Summer 2009. Hot jobs are grouped in the following in descending order.

Note that the majority of jobs are clustered in sales-related occupations (bold print).

  1. Retail Clothing Store Managers
  2. Merchandising Representatives
  3. Assistant Managers - Retail stores
  4. Scientists & Senior Scientists - see "Comparisons", below.
  5. Operations and Branch Managers - Retail and other.
  6. Customer Service Reps - Appears in both projections columns below.
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Salespersons
  9. Independent Sales Representatives
  10. Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives
  11. Receptionists
  12. Nurses (RNs, LPNs, LVNs) - Appears in both projections columns below.

Numerous listings for child care workers and nannies have also appeared during summer 2009.

Compare "Fastest Growing" with "Most Jobs"

Job titles in bold type are shared by both columns below.

Providing the Most New Jobs

  1. Retail Salespersons
  2. Personal and Home Care Aides
  3. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  4. Customer Service Reps
  5. Farm Workers & Laborers, Plants & Plant Crops - Nurseries, greenhouses, farms, universities, scientific companies.
  6. Combined Food Prep & Service*
  7. Child Care Workers
  8. Waitstaff (Servers)
  9. Farmers and Ranchers
  10. Nurse's Aides & Orderlies

Projected Fast Growing Jobs Through 2020

  1. Personal and Home Care Aides
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  4. Pharmacy Technicians
  5. Medical Assistants
  6. Restaurant Cooks *
  7. Child Care Workers (See graphs below)
  8. Nurse's Aides & Orderlies
  9. Customer Service Reps
  10. Health Specialties Teachers

Increasing Job Opportunities in Lubbock

Openings increased by 4000% January - February 2009. (Click to Enlarge.)
Openings increased by 4000% January - February 2009. (Click to Enlarge.)
Nubers of child-related openings, including day care and babysitting, soared in May 2009. This di not include a large number of actual openings, but at the Simulus Package provided new funding to help single-parent workers with children, this number
Nubers of child-related openings, including day care and babysitting, soared in May 2009. This di not include a large number of actual openings, but at the Simulus Package provided new funding to help single-parent workers with children, this number
Retail related jobs have increased, but with more fluctuations than nursing jobs.
Retail related jobs have increased, but with more fluctuations than nursing jobs.

Comparisons

BIOSCIENCE:

The interesting thing about projections in the Farmer and Farm Laborer category and Farmer and Rancher designation is the research and development currently undertaken in cotton breeding by at least one pharmaceutical company (Bayer Healthcare in US and Bayer CropScience or BSC headquartered in Germany).

Related job openings at the fascinating website of Bayer companies.The companies are concerned with the environment and animal health as well as human concerns such as diabetes, cardiology and women's heal;th, among others. Bayer also advertises their social responsibility thrust through their Bayer USA Foundation non-profit organizations, focused on environment, health and human services, education, workforce development, civic goals, the arts, and culture.

The increasing actual job listings in Scientists and Senior Scientists have something to do with bio-sciences as well as alternative energy production.

HEALTHCARE:

While several job tiles are projected to growth, the category of all levels of Nurses is that which has been increasing in actual job listings. The number of listings increased by 4000% from January to February 2009, declined somewhat, then surged once more.

Almost 10% of open nursing positions across America appear in Texas, and hundreds are in Lubbock. Over half of these positions in Lubbock are processed through healthcare recruiting agencies. If candidates are hired through Travel Nursing agencies, then additional pay and benefits are provided, including rent or mortgage.

FOOD SERVICE:

Part of the Travel and Tourism or Accommodations and DIning industrial sectors as well, we see food service positions in projected employment trends in both columns above.

Vacations, conventions, relocations, and retirements to Lubbock boost the need for these positions. Increasing numbers of aged and/or injured or ill individuals entering nursing care facilities increases the demand for food service staff as well. Travel medicine increases demand once again, with growing number of residents form other states and countries visiting Texas for healthcare services.

SALES:

All manner of sales positions are open and increasing in openings. Related to this, retail salesperson is the Number 1 Top Job Opening for numbers of new positions projected through 2020 and this trend matches actual job listings.

Growing Industries

Industry Sectors Adding the Most New Jobs

Government projections indicate the most growth in new jobs among the following industries:

  1. General Medical & Surgical Hospitals - The demand for healthcare is increasing quickly.
  2. Colleges, Universities, Professional Schools - Education & Training.
  3. Full-Service Dining
  4. Home Health Care Services - Healthcare Industry.
  5. Elementary & Secondary Schools - Education & Training.
  6. Nursing Care Facilities - Healthcare Industry.
  7. Limited-Service Dining (non-full service)
  8. Child Day Care Services - Education & Health: matches local job growth.
  9. Local Government - (Does not include school and hospitals.) Government is already the largest source of the local economy of Greater Lubbock and the South Plains Region.
  10. Physicians' Offices - Increaing demand for healthcare.

All of these industries are involved in 1) Healthcare, 2) Education, 3) Food Service/Dining, and 4) Government. At least 1,2 and 4 can be boosted by ARRA Stimulus projects as well.

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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Uenmployment rose to about 6% in Lubbock in June 2009, but reamins lower than in the State of Texas and the USA overall.

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