Career Planning

The Greater Austin area is one of the fastest growing areas to live and work in the United States. There are many exciting career opportunities that await you. It is important to begin exploring career options early to make informed decisions regarding high school endorsement areas, classes, college and/or work.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers you a variety of resources to help you learn about and prepare for good paying, satisfying jobs and careers. 

Career Profiles

We have developed a series of industry and occupational career profiles that contain information on growth projections, salary expectations, and education/skill requirements.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Focused on the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/ resources.

Environmental Engineers  
Veterinarian Technician


Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services.

A&V Equipment Technician  
Graphic Designer
Multi-media Artist and Animator
Sound Engineering Technician

Business Management & Administration

Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Accountants & Auditors  
Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks
Budget Analysts
Public Relations Specialists

Education & Training

Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.

Educational, Career & Technical School Counselor
Fitness Trainer
Middle School Teacher
Secondary School Teacher
Special Education Teacher


Planning and related services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Claims Adjusters, Examiners & Investigators  
Financial Analysts
Insurance Claims & Policy Processing Clerks
Loan Officers

Government & Public Administration

Planning and performing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation and regulations.

Compliance Officer  
Construction & Building Inspector
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
Urban & Regional Planner

Hospitality & Tourism

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as restaurant and food/beverage services, lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusement and attractions.

Chefs & Head Cooks  
Cooks in Restaurants
Hotel, Motel & Resort Desk Clerks
Lodging Managers
Meeting & Convention Planners
Travel Agents

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care and consumer services.

Child, Family and School Social Worker  
Medical & Public Health Social Worker
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Worker
Social & Human Service Assistant

Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Computer Systems Analysts  
Computer User Support Specialists
Database Administrators
Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts
Software Developers 
Web Developers

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Planning, managing and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Paralegals & Legal Assistants
Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Security Guards


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators  
Industrial Machine Mechanics 
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators
Maintenance & Repair Workers
Purchasing Agents
Semiconductor Processors


Planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

Customer Service Representatives  
Public Relations Specialists
Real Estate Sales Agent
Sales Representative 

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Architectural & Civil Drafters  
Biological Technicians
Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technicians
Electrical Engineers
Petroleum Engineers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Planning, management and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Auto Service Technician & Mechanic  
Bus & Truck Mechanic
Truck Driver

What are the Hot Jobs for Today and Tomorrow?

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Career Readiness Handbook

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission launched the Career Readiness handbook to help students in higher education identify and communicate their marketable skills as they prepare for the workforce after graduation.

The Career Readiness handbook is part of collaborative efforts to help students improve their employability, and supports ongoing, complementary work in both agencies. Read the Career Readiness Handbook.

Access your Career Coach account

Create or log in to your Career Coach account to take a career assessment, browse programs, and more.

Workforce Solutions Capital
Area - Career Awareness

Leslie Puckett
Director, Research & Career Awareness
Phone: 512.597.7121

Workforce Solutions Capital Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available, upon request, to persons with disabilities. Relay Texas: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) / 711 (Voice).

Equal Opportunity is the Law