In the modern labor market, there is an increasing role for third‐party, industry‐based certifications that are recognized by employers. Research conducted by the Texas Workforce Investment Council defined industry‐based certifications as being industry‐recognized, third‐party assessed, and nationally portable credentials.
The Council’s research also found that many middle-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations, which require education and training beyond high school but less than a four‐year degree, are not only in‐demand, but often provide higher wages compared to non‐STEM jobs with similar educational requirements. Occupations that have potential for growth in the Austin/Travis County region are also identified in the Council’s research.
The Council welcomes feedback on the list of industry-based certifications included in this report. If you know of a third-party, industry-based certification for a middle-skill STEM occupation that employers value that is not on the list, and would like it to be considered in the future, please forward the following information to MSSOIBCfeedback@gov.texas.gov:
- Name of certification
- Name of certifying entity
- Middle-skill STEM occupation for which the industry-based certification is relevant