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Targeted Occupations List 2019-2021

The targeted occupations list is developed by Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) to identify the most effective use of local workforce development resources. Sources of information for the target list are local area employers, economic development entities, chambers of commerce, community partners, Texas Workforce Commission labor market information specific to the Coastal Bend region, and knowledge gained from continuous contact with the above sources.

Significant occupational factors include; current and projected employment in the occupation, a self- sufficiency wage, and specific vocational preparation time for the occupation, usually less than two years. Employment demand for the occupation offers reasonable expectation of employment following vocational preparation. The list does not include other higher paying jobs for which longer vocational preparation is required.

The range in the listed training period is only an estimate and in some cases may represent classroom training, on-the-job training or a combination of both. The typical limit of vocational training funded by WFSCB is less than two years. Occasionally WFSCB may fund the last year or two of a longer program with the understanding that the trainee is job ready at the end of the funded training.

WFSCB uses this list for approved training provided to workforce program-eligible participants. Job seekers must visit our centers to determine eligibility for training through Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. Eligibility is not an entitlement to funding. Training providers must apply to the State’s Eligible Training Provider System (ETPS) to provide training services funded by WFSCB for the listed occupations.

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When funds are available for incumbent worker or on-the job training, employers may apply to WFSCB for such training. Although incumbent worker and on-the-job training do not require the occupation to be listed on the targeted occupations list, priority will be given to employer applications for training in the listed occupations. Funded on-the-job training wage reimbursement is limited to one to three months due to the expense of the training. Incumbent worker training does not include employee wages and may be longer than three months. Certain occupations listed may show an entry level wage less than $12.00 per hour, but are in high demand in the region. Training for these positions should be provided only as part of a career ladder. Training is available for Armed Security Guards only. Training for elementary school teachers does not include childcare workers. CDA training may be available through childcare funding. Emerging Technologies and occupations related to wind energy, environmental technology, alternative fuels, alternative product uses and reuses has been included on the list. This category of occupations is designated in anticipation of new and evolving commercial technologies. Occupations must require more than simple demonstration training and pay at least $12/hour to be eligible for workforce training funds. For more information about Targeted Occupations, Eligible Training Provider Applications, and Workforce Programs contact 1.888.860.JOBS(5627) or your local Workforce Solutions Career Center.

 

Eligible Training Providers (ETPs) are entities with job training programs approved by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to provide Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)–funded training services. The publicly accessible Statewide Eligible Training Providers List (ETPL) includes all programs that are currently approved by TWC for ITA funding.

Click Here to Download the TWC Statewide Eligible Training Provider List.

** Some of the training facilities displayed are not sponsored by Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. Please consult with a Workforce Professional to qualify and for more information about approved training programs.


The Business Industry is a broad sector of the economy that includes service-related occupations such as Legal, Accounting, General Office and Office Support Jobs in the Coastal Bend Region. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is a standard used to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting data and comparing occupations across data sets.

SOCDescription2019 JobsLowest 10% Hourly EarningsAvg. Hourly EarningsMedian Hourly EarningsHighest 10 % Hourly Earnings
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors1,462$22.32$34.81$32.06$53.94
17-3011Architectural and Civil Drafters246$17.31$25.64$24.76$35.40
43-3031Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2,498$11.37$18.65$18.26$27.09
15-1151Computer User Support Specialists619$12.25$22.38$20.08$31.11
43-6011Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants467$16.39$24.47$23.43$34.21
11-1021General & Operations Managers4,054$16.10$45.61$36.29$88.14
43-6013Medical Secretaries1,901$11.07$14.90$14.06$19.65
15-1244Network and Computer Systems Administrators455$17.18$30.27$28.94$46.51
23-2011Paralegals and Legal Assistants444$15.60$22.72$21.83$31.23
21-1093Social and Human Services Assistants 503$11.71$17.42$17.24$23.81


The Health Care Industry consists of occupations that provide Medical Services and Medical Insurance, or otherwise facilitate the provision of health care to patients. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is a standard used to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting data and comparing occupations across data sets.

SOCDescription2019 JobsLowest 10% Hourly EarningsAvg. Hourly EarningsMedian Hourly EarningsHighest 10% Hourly Earnings
29-2018Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians467$11.91$20.45$19.97$30.90
29-2041Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics461$10.72$22.15$21.80$28.25
29-2061Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1,734$16.90$22.15$21.80$28.25
31-9092Medical Assistants 1,490$10.76$14.16$14.03$18.25
29-2098Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists496$11.80$17.50$16.24$26.11
31-1131Nursing Assistants 2,091$10.16$13.41$13.00$17.54
19-5011Occupational Health and Safety Specialists502$22.39$36.00$35.85$49.16
31-9097Phlebotomists175$12.44$16.21$16.51$19.92
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants196$22.81$33.42$32.87$43.30
29-2034Radiologic Technologists560$20.53$33.75$27.36$41.94
29-1141Registered Nurses4,414$21.82$31.88$32.64$41.25


The Professional Skills & Trade Industry consists of occupations that are concentrated in the Industrial, Construction, Manufacturing and Mechanical Sectors of the Coastal Bend’s regional economy. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is a standard used to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting data and comparing occupations across data sets.

SOCDescription2019 JobsLowest 10% Hourly EarningsAvg. Hourly EarningsMedian Hourly EarningsHighest 10% Hourly Earnings
49-3011Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians1,092$26.85$31.76$32.01$37.86
49-3011Automotive Body and Related Repairers183$14.00$22.53$21.94$30.52
49-3023Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1,094$9.96$19.58$18.58$30.93
49-3031Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists518$14.39$22.74$22.19$32.92
53-5021Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 126$9.39$27.67$23.20$46.39
47-2031Carpenters957$14.80$19.24$18.51$25.66
51-8091Chemical Plant and System Operators270$32.98$41.00$42.30$48.44
53-7021Crane and Tower Operators435$22.05$32.97$32.27$40.39
17-3023Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians (Instrumentation, UAS Pilot)218$25.80$35.00$34.66$44.94
47-2111Electricians1,435$15.41$23.97$24.18$32.23
49-9021Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers540$14.64$22.68$22.39$32.02
53-3032Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4,130$13.19$20.14$19.08$29.00
49-9041Industrial Machinery Mechanics1,078$15.36$25.93$25.26$38.15
51-9061Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers657$11.76$26.82$26.30$43.23
51-4041Machinists (including CNC)548$15.98$26.20$27.01$35.30
47-2073Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1,935$15.46$21.24$20.65$29.11
51-8093Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers1,015$25.45$35.67$35.30$47.49
47-2152Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1,333$14.38$24.12$23.30$36.63
47-5012Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas413$13.12$24.92$24.45$35.47
53-5011Sailors and Marine Oilers163$7.99$17.27$15.99$29.04
51-4121Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1,887$16.09$24.79$23.05$37.69
49-9081Wind Turbine Service Technician52$23.25$33.64$32.64$46.38
99-9999Emerging Technology Occupations


The Public Service Industry consists of occupations that serve the community with relation to the Government, Public Education/Administration, Public Safety and Human Services. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is a standard used to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting data and comparing occupations across data sets.

SOCDescription2019 JobsLowest 10% Hourly EarningsAvg. Hourly EarningsMedian Hourly EarningsHighest 10% Hourly Earnings
33-3012Correctional Officers and Jailers1,453$13.76$17.95$17.29$22.55
25-2021Elementary School Teachers2,632$19.97$28.86$29.01$38.12
33-2011Firefighters675$17.14$25.34$23.54$38.95
25-2022Middle School Teachers1,260$20.16$29.29$29.89$38.25
33-3051Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1,544$11.17$25.83$25.05$39.26
25-2031Secondary School Teachers2,056$20.02$28.85$29.11$38.21
33-9032Security Guards1,319$8.85$14.08$13.06$18.40

Call or visit any of the Workforce Solutions Career Centers near you to find out more about how we can help put you in the right job.

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