Targeted Occupations & Industries

Workforce Solutions Capital Area regularly analyzes the regional labor market, looking for industry and occupational trends. Based on this analysis, we have identified In-Demand Industries, In-Demand Occupations and Targeted Occupations. These lists also are used to guide the investment of workforce program funds for training.

Targeted Occupations are in demand or emerging in the local economy, are experiencing growth, and provide opportunities for high-skill, high-wage jobs.

Click on the occupations below for individual profiles that offer labor market information including wages, projected job openings, and a career ladder infographic showing career opportunities from entry-level to experienced.

Did you know we can pay for your career training? You may be eligible if:

  • You earn 200% below the federal poverty line (this might be you if you’re unemployed, work part time, or don’t have high school diploma)
  • You live in Travis County and authorized to work in the U.S.

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Employers: Interested in being interviewed virtually by us and featured in a video series highlighting each of our region’s Targeted Occupations? Complete this form to sign up!

Approved Training Occupations (Effective January 1, 2022)

SOC Occupation Industry
31-9091 Dental Assistants Health Sciences
29-1292 Dental Hygienists Health Sciences
29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Health Sciences
29-2042 Emergency Medical Technicians Health Sciences
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Health Sciences
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Health Sciences
31-9092 Medical Assistants+ (requires obtaining 31-9097 Phlebotomists certification) Health Sciences
29-2098 Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists and Health Technologists and Technicians, Other Health Sciences
43-6013 Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Health Sciences
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians Health Sciences
31-1131 Nursing Assistants (CNAs) Health Sciences
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants Health Sciences
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists Health Sciences
29-1141 Registered Nurses Health Sciences
29-1126 Respiratory Therapists Health Sciences
29-2055 Surgical Technologists Health Sciences
15-1245 Database Administrators Information Technology
15-1150 Computer Support Specialists, includes both:
15-1231 Computer Network Support Specialists
15-1232 Computer User Support Specialists
Information Technology
15-1211 Computer Systems Analysts Information Technology
15-1244 Network & Computer Systems Administrators Information Technology
15-1256 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers Information Technology
15-1257 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers Information Technology
13-2011 Accountants & Auditors Professional & Business Services
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks Professional & Business Services
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents Professional & Business Services
13-1111 Management Analysts Professional & Business Services
13-1161 Market Research Analyst and Marketing Specialist Professional & Business Services
43-6014 Secretaries & Administrative Assistants, Except Legal/Medical and Executive Professional & Business Services
47-2031 Carpenters Skilled Trades
17-3023 Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technician Skilled Trades
47-2111 Electricians Skilled Trades
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Skilled Trades
53-3032 Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Skilled Trades
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics Skilled Trades
51-4041 Machinists Skilled Trades
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Skilled Trades
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Skilled Trades
51-000 Production Workers, limited to:
51-4041 Machinists
51-9061 Inspectors, Sorters, Testers, Samplers and Weighers
Skilled Trades
47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers Skilled Trades
49-3000 Vehicle & Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers & Repairers, includes both:
49-2023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
Skilled Trades
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Skilled Trades

In-Demand Industries

NAICS Code Title
5413 Architectural, Engineering & Related Services
2382 Building Equipment Contractors
5415 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
6111 Elementary and Secondary Schools
4841 General Freight Trucking
6221 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
6216 Home Health Care Services
5416 Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services
2362 Nonresidential Building Construction
6231 Nursing Care Facilities
6211 Offices of Physicians
2361 Residential Building Construction
3344 Semiconductor & Other Electronic Components Manufacturing
4542 Specialized Freight Trucking

In-Demand Occupations

SOC Occupation Job Title Annual Average Employment 2020
35-3023 Fast Food and Counter Workers 34,173
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 31,383
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 28,216
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 25,142
41-2011 Cashiers 22,816
15-1256 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers 20,784
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 19,955
35-3031 Waiters and Waitressess 19,31
43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 16,476
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 15,303
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 13,867
29-1141 Registered Nurses 13,587
53-7065 Stockers and Order Fillers 13,576
13-1198 Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other 12,346
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 12,346
47-2061 Construction Laborers 12,253
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 11,316
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 10,998
41-3091 Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel 10,993
31-1122 Personal Care Aides 10,667
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10,524
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 10,380
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 10,216
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Drivers 9,642
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 9,192
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 9,000
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 8,930
15-1232 Computer User Support Specialists 8,681
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 8,560
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 7,647
11-9198 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other 7,482
15-1211 Computer Systems Analysst 7,647
13-1111 Management Analysts 7,482
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7,146
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 7,081
33-9032 Security Guards 6,879
23-1011 Lawyers 6,682
25-9045 Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary 6,644
39-9011 Childcare Workers 6,388
33-3051 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 6,172
53-3033 Light Truck Drivers 6,055
47-2031 Carpenters 5,897
43-6013 Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5,780
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers 5,734
47-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 5,760
25-3031 Substitute Teachers, Short-Term 5,631
47-2111 Electricians 5,493

Contact Us

Workforce Solutions Capital Area – Career Awareness

Leslie Puckett
Director, Research & Career Awareness
Phone: 512.597.7121

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