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Top 25 Jobs In Texas From 2016 - 2026

Updated on May 10, 2018
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State Large Animal: Texas Longhorn
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Federal and State Forecast of Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  2. Interpreters & Translators
  3. Skincare Specialists
  4. Petroleum Engineers and Technicians
  5. Information Security Analysts
  6. Insulation Workers
  7. Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians
  8. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  9. Physician Assistants: often filled by Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  10. Welding, Soldering, & Brazing Machine Operators
  11. Personal Care Aides
  12. College Level Nursing Instructors & Assistants
  13. Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  14. College Level Health Specialties Teachers
  15. Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists
  16. Event Planners
  17. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  18. Nurse Practitioners, Independent: Often work in free standing clinics.
  19. Logisticians
  20. Medical Secretaries
  21. Medical Equipment Repairers
  22. Surgical Technologists
  23. Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  24. Physical Therapist Assistants
  25. Tree Trimmers

Companies That Keep The Largest Employee Pools

  1. Alcon Manufacturing Ltd. - Misc. manufacturing.
  2. Federal Government, including Military.
  3. Dell Inc. - Computers, peripherals, etc.
  4. Aegon USA Inc. - Marketing.
  5. University Of Texas MD Anderson Center - General and Surgical Hospitals
  6. MD Anderson Cancer Center
  7. Lockheed Martin Corp. - Aerospace production, R&D.
  8. Electronic Data Systems
  9. UTMB Area Health Education Center
  10. University of Texas Southwestern Medical

Job Trends In The Leading Industries

Texas gained jobs in many of its largest cities from July 2005 - March 2009, indicated in the number of job listings on major well-established job search engine posting boards. In February 2009, San Antonio alone picked up 7,700 jobs.

From July 2008 through March 2009, an important period in the Great Recession, the number of job listings increased by 110% overall in Texas.

Previously, Texas state government agencies reported 213,000+ non-agriculture job growth in 2006 at a growth of only 2.2%.

Fastest Growing Industries

  1. Professional and Business Services: Top job creation
  2. Education Services
  3. Health Services
  4. Government
  5. The Gaming Industry: Increased during the Great Recession

The Aeronautics and Aerospace Industries in the 2010s have brought additional business and business expansions to Texas, inducing new spaceports constructed by at least one private company: SpaceX in Brownsville. Numbers of new jobs related to these types of businesses are set to surpass numbers in other industries from 2016 - 2026.

Cities With Low Unemployment Rates

  • Midland and Amarillo have historically reported the lowest unemployment rates around the state. This remains true in the mid-2010s.
  • The McAllen area, Brownsville, and Beaumont-Port Arthur have experienced the highest rates through 2009.
  • In the recession of 2008 -2010, many Texas communities' unemployment rates remained below the national rate, particularly in college towns such as San Antonio.

State Industry Trends

Shrewd venture capitalists in Texas have invested in

  • electronics and instrumentation (aerospace and other)
  • software
  • semiconductors
  • financial services
  • energy production

State and private universities and research institutions are notable leaders in

  • aerospace and communications electronics
  • health care training
  • medical technologies
  • bio-sciences
  • the environment
  • alternative energy sources

Wind farms are spreading.
Wind farms are spreading.

Current Highest Numbers of Job Vacancies

  1. May 2018: 280,000 openings
  2. September 2016: 270,000 listings

High Demand Job Titles

  1. Engineers
  2. Truck Drivers with CDL
  3. Retail Jobs: PetSmart, Dollar General/Family Dollar, Stage Stores, Home Depot, CVS Stores
  4. RN-licensed Nurses
  5. Physicians, all specialties
  6. Oil and Gas Jobs
  7. Managers and Assistant Managers, many industries
  8. Food Service: Sonic, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Dominos, KFC
  9. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  10. Logistics/Warehousing
  11. Travel Health Professionals
  12. Grocery and Convenience Store Jobs
  13. Sales Representations, Inside and Outside
  14. Customer Service Representatives
  15. Occupational Therapists

Labor and Management Diversity Data

Sales and receipts from minority-owned firms in Texas were $1.81 trillion in 2002, increased over $1.41 trillion in 1997 (5-year Economic Census, 1997 - 2002).

Number Three In USA -- In 2002, there were 469,049 women-owned companies in Texas, up 23% from 381,000+ fin 1997. Sales/receipts were $65.1 billion in 1997 and $66.7 billion in 2002. Texas was 3rd in America for 1) number of firms and 2) total sales/receipts for women-owned businesses.

In 2002, there were 319,340 Hispanic-owned firms, up 33 percent from 240,396 firms in 1997. Sales and receipts rose 7 percent from $39.48 billion in 1997 to $42.21 in 2002. Texas ranked second nationally for the number of firms and sales and receipts of Hispanic-owned firms. Only 20% of Hispanic firms in Ameirca are in Texas, most found in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth. Howeverm the three largest counties fro Hispanic business in America are in Texas: Harris, Hidalgo, and Bexar.

In 2002, there were 88,769 African-American owned businesses, up 47 percent from 60,427 firms in 1997. The State paced third nationally for sales and receipts; and fifth coast-to-coast for the number of companies owned by Blacks.

In 2002, there were 78,018 Asian-owned organizations, up 32 percent from 59,318 firms in 1997. Sales and receipts rose 24 percent from $18.22 billion in 1997 to $22.62 billion in 2002. Texas ranked third nationally for the number of firms and sales and receipts of Asian-owned firms.

In 2002, there were 16,863 Native American-owned companies in the state, an increase of 8% over the 15,668 of the baseline year. Sales and receipts rose a bit from $3.32 billion to $3.321 billion. Texas ranked third nationally for the number of firms and second nationally for sales and receipts for local Native American enterprizes.

Bigest Increase: In 2002, the Census found 1,543 Pacific Islander-owned concerns in the state, up 70 percent from 908 in 1997. Sales and receipts declined markedly however, to about 1/3 baseline. Texas placed fifth nationally for the number of firms and third nationally for sales and receipts inthis category of minority ownership.

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