They say everything in Texas is bigger -- and it's proving true for the Texas economy. In 2013, the state added jobs in all of the major industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality and information. As of May 2014, Texas was continuing to see above average job gain -- like in Fort Bend County, which experienced the most job growth of any county in the country between September 2012 and 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov). Throughout the state, unemployment is dropping and wages are up, reports the Texas Comptroller website.
Technical, trade and vocational schools in Texas may help provide some students with the tools they need to seek jobs in Texas -- from the technology hub of Austin to the medical centers of Houston to the oil fields of East Texas.
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Where the jobs are
If you are looking for jobs in Texas, it helps to know where the jobs are. In Texas, major industries cluster in certain areas, according to the Office of the Governor -- Economic Development and Tourism. Those who desire a career in one of these high concentration hubs may wish to learn more about earning a degree or certificate from a vocational school in Texas:
- Tarrant County (Fort Worth area): Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Gulf Region (especially Houston and Tyler): Specialized medical centers and hospitals
- North Central (including Dallas and Plano) and Gulf region: Communication and wireless equipment manufacturing
- San Antonio: Data management and hosting
- Austin: Software publishing and computer systems design
- Dallas County: Accounting services
- North and North Central Texas (Wichita Falls and Fort Worth): Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
- Waco and Northeast Texas (Texarcana): Trailer truck manufacturing in the Heart of Texas,
- Panhandle: Farm machinery manufacturing
- West Texas (Midland): Agricultural, mining and construction equipment manufacturing
- East Texas and the Gulf Region: Oil and gas field equipment
It also helps to know where the greatest number of positions can be found. Top sectors of the Texas economy as of May 2013, according to the BLS, include:
- Office and administrative support: 1,871,110
- Sales: 1,179,850
- Food preparation and serving: 992,800
Top Texas employers
If you know Texas, then it's no surprise that Exxon-Mobil tops the list as Texas' largest public employer. But, it might surprise you to learn that Dell, AT&T and Sysco are three of Texas's top 10 employers. The grocery chain H.E.B. is the state's largest private employer.
Texas salary & wages
Here's a sample of May 2013 median hourly wages for jobs in Texas, according to the BLS:
Vocational schools in Texas
There are several vocational schools throughout the state of Texas. Some technical, trade and vocational schools offer courses that can lead to a certificate or diploma, but they also strive to offer the skills and training some employers may be looking for.
County Employment and Wages in Texas -- Third Quarter 2013, Southwest Information Office, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 27, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/qcew_tx.htm
Key Economic Indicators, The Texas Economy, Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 21, 2014, http://thetexaseconomy.org/economic-outlook/key-indicators/
State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Texas, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm
Texas Industry Concentrations, Economic Development & Tourism, Office of the Governor, 2012, http://governor.state.tx.us/files/ecodev/concentrations.pdf