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Texas in Focus: Alamo Region

Exhibit 7

“Good Jobs” in the Alamo Region,
2008 – 2013

Shift-share analysis identifies the region’s most competitive industries – those that possess the best chances for increased employment opportunities. But what types of occupations can Alamo residents expect to find within these industries? Exhibit 7 presents a list of “good jobs” for the region’s future, grouping them based on their educational requirements.

For the purpose of this analysis, a “good job” is one for which median annual earnings, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission, exceed the state’s 2008 per capita personal income level of $38,575.17 In the Alamo region, 228 occupations pay more than this amount.

Doctoral and First Professional Degrees
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replace-
ment
Total Job Openings 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Physicians and surgeons 6,286 7,357 1,071 1,668 2,739 $128,253
Pharmacists 2,186 2,630 444 640 1,084 $107,667
Dentists, general 671 785 114 183 297 $101,444
Orthodontists 148 178 30 46 76 $89,281
Physicists 81 93 12 23 35 $88,612
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 122 148 26 39 65 $81,560
Biochemists and biophysicists 49 58 9 14 23 $75,756
Veterinarians 548 732 184 246 430 $71,347
Dentists, all other specialists 129 153 24 38 62 $70,673
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 363 441 78 139 217 $70,513
Postsecondary teachers 11,851 14,352 2,501 3,528 6,029 $68,452
Lawyers 5,747 6,487 740 1,314 2,054 $66,118
Podiatrists 321 371 50 107 157 $65,582
Astronomers 30 34 4 8 12 $65,483
Mathematicians 11 12 1 2 3 $62,934
Computer and information scientists, research 549 643 94 172 266 $62,307
Optometrists 299 350 51 78 129 $58,232
Microbiologists 91 105 14 24 38 $54,881
Audiologists 112 133 21 28 49 $51,016
Chiropractors 262 318 56 71 127 $50,937
Prosthodontists 89 109 20 30 50 $48,812
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,246 1,439 193 292 485 $48,567
Total 31,190 36,927 5,737 8,691 14,428

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $82,490

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Master’s degree
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 431 507 76 133 209 $96,604
Social scientists and related workers, all other 299 332 33 83 116 $74,896
Hydrologists 200 231 31 57 88 $71,866
Physical therapists 1,251 1,572 321 400 721 $70,595
Statisticians 100 111 11 27 38 $65,792
Operations research analysts 254 272 18 44 62 $63,789
Economists 79 88 9 21 30 $62,627
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 444 514 70 129 199 $61,152
Occupational therapists 966 1,187 221 295 516 $60,956
Speech-language pathologists 1,409 1,637 228 367 595 $55,210
Instructional coordinators 1,593 1,945 352 465 817 $51,222
Psychologists, all other 634 746 112 164 276 $50,695
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 1,989 2,295 306 506 812 $49,164
Librarians 1,011 1,145 134 271 405 $47,897
Mathematical scientists, all other 19 23 4 7 11 $46,071
Urban and regional planners 202 233 31 61 92 $45,290
Counselors, all other 423 491 68 111 179 $44,559
Curators 50 55 5 16 21 $41,994
Epidemiologists 32 38 6 11 17 $41,939
Industrial-organizational psychologists 525 631 106 150 256 $41,707
Total 11,911 14,052 2,142 3,318 5,460

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $56,454

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Degree Plus Work Experience
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Chief executives 9,312 10,741 1,429 2,690 4,119 $149,227
Engineering managers 748 831 83 160 243 $102,344
Computer and information systems managers 1,326 1,488 162 271 433 $90,477
Purchasing managers 316 344 28 74 102 $87,740
Natural sciences managers 117 134 17 31 48 $86,818
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 2,224 2,534 310 622 932 $80,838
Compensation and benefits managers 318 358 40 70 110 $77,461
Human resources managers, all other 258 290 32 56 88 $75,459
General and operations managers 14,782 15,800 1,018 2,786 3,804 $74,370
Actuaries 69 74 5 18 23 $70,067
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 218 249 31 52 83 $69,688
Administrative services managers 1,933 2,141 208 465 673 $69,442
Financial managers 3,761 4,282 521 798 1,319 $68,326
Marketing managers 1,115 1,255 140 266 406 $68,187
Sales managers 1,955 2,141 186 402 588 $67,716
Medical and health services managers 2,236 2,624 388 603 991 $67,006
Training and development managers 188 214 26 44 70 $64,320
Public relations managers 290 329 39 74 113 $61,338
Advertising and promotions managers 285 304 19 52 71 $60,360
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 1,129 1,211 82 275 357 $47,327
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 31 35 4 7 11 $46,016
Education administrators, postsecondary 805 956 151 267 418 $45,055
Management analysts 6,201 6,915 714 1,266 1,980 $42,358
Total 49,617 55,247 5,633 11,349 16,982

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $82,986

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Bachelor’s
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 235 206 -29 4 -25 $115,308
Materials engineers 146 164 18 35 53 $95,651
Petroleum engineers 332 400 68 112 180 $91,028
Physician assistants 335 414 79 103 182 $84,738
Sales engineers 262 286 24 58 82 $79,397
Engineers, all other 1,270 1,396 126 202 328 $79,213
Life scientists, all other 65 76 11 22 33 $78,390
Electronics engineers, except computer 818 886 68 165 233 $77,318
Computer hardware engineers 148 172 24 48 72 $77,216
Chemical engineers 250 272 22 55 77 $76,992
Aerospace engineers 406 406 0 37 37 $74,380
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 162 190 28 46 74 $73,754
Electrical engineers 641 722 81 158 239 $73,555
Industrial engineers 649 784 135 215 350 $71,951
Materials scientists 50 59 9 16 25 $71,695
Environmental engineers 269 315 46 87 133 $69,614
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 151 166 15 33 48 $67,134
Computer software engineers, applications 3,020 3,725 705 935 1,640 $65,846
Computer software engineers, systems software 1,684 1,972 288 415 703 $65,081
Budget analysts 553 604 51 116 167 $60,829
Chemists 387 422 35 87 122 $60,791
Mechanical engineers 751 837 86 168 254 $59,723
Computer systems analysts 3,430 4,054 624 1,094 1,718 $59,579
Civil engineers 2,841 3,235 394 774 1,168 $58,991
Business operation specialists, all other 7,133 8,241 1,108 1,500 2,608 $58,440
Computer programmers 2,384 2,490 106 408 514 $58,311
Database administrators 909 1,063 154 204 358 $57,486
Marine engineers and naval architects 18 21 3 6 9 $56,324
Occupational health and safety specialists 414 459 45 85 130 $55,910
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,628 1,858 230 408 638 $55,859
Loan officers 1,597 1,732 135 222 357 $54,828
Financial examiners 303 348 45 73 118 $54,667
Market research analysts 1,617 1,814 197 254 451 $53,444
Architects, except landscape and naval 1,083 1,240 157 262 419 $50,504
Network systems and data communications analysts 1,487 1,852 365 524 889 $50,483
Credit analysts 312 324 12 72 84 $50,196
Network and computer systems administrators 2,366 2,744 378 654 1,032 $49,926
Athletic trainers 145 174 29 43 72 $49,917
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 331 370 39 82 121 $49,637
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,404 1,625 221 330 551 $49,563
Dietitians and nutritionists 524 599 75 143 218 $48,601
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 9,273 10,357 1,084 2,459 3,543 $48,483
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 444 520 76 116 192 $48,430
Physical scientists, all other 218 247 29 51 80 $47,681
Insurance underwriters 866 945 79 196 275 $46,826
Technical writers 539 612 73 156 229 $46,722
Atmospheric and space scientists 83 89 6 16 22 $46,119
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 7,516 8,610 1,094 1,916 3,010 $46,107
Food scientists and technologists 76 87 11 23 34 $46,027
Special education teachers, middle school 679 796 117 193 310 $45,942
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 1,623 1,925 302 484 786 $45,914
Elementary school teachers, except special education 15,516 17,900 2,384 4,082 6,466 $45,413
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,134 1,297 163 287 450 $44,561
Biomedical engineers 17 21 4 6 10 $44,042
Special education teachers, secondary school 690 782 92 169 261 $43,976
Orthotists and prosthetists 133 154 21 27 48 $43,883
Public relations specialists 1,974 2,233 259 336 595 $43,537
Training and development specialists 1,348 1,526 178 325 503 $43,010
Financial specialists, all other 868 902 34 152 186 $41,491
Therapists, all other 389 463 74 99 173 $40,765
Legal support workers, all other 430 480 50 85 135 $39,899
Medical and public health social workers 1,019 1,235 216 327 543 $39,672
Graphic designers 1,468 1,680 212 417 629 $39,320
Accountants and auditors 10,366 11,247 881 1,770 2,651 $38,880
Total 99,180 112,826 13,646 23,948 37,594

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $51,221

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Associates Degree
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Dental hygienists 1,080 1,370 290 400 690 $65,756
Computer specialists, all other 1,495 1,693 198 401 599 $65,052
Radiation therapists 99 119 20 28 48 $60,415
Nuclear medicine technologists 142 162 20 30 50 $60,238
Registered nurses 16,599 19,683 3,084 4,484 7,568 $58,823
Diagnostic medical sonographers 336 394 58 81 139 $58,427
Occupational therapist assistants 244 302 58 77 135 $57,397
Physical therapist assistants 445 575 130 160 290 $55,534
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 601 651 50 109 159 $50,903
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 53 50 -3 2 -1 $50,534
Chemical technicians 1,018 1,074 56 230 286 $49,549
Radiologic technologists and technicians 1,665 1,928 263 379 642 $48,480
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 673 728 55 121 176 $48,216
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 242 290 48 65 113 $48,207
Respiratory therapists 952 1,119 167 238 405 $47,023
Mechanical engineering technicians 377 428 51 89 140 $46,502
Nuclear technicians 52 61 9 19 28 $45,439
Fish and game wardens 21 23 2 5 7 $44,615
Industrial engineering technicians 232 258 26 48 74 $42,716
Respiratory therapy technicians 238 253 15 51 66 $42,362
Computer support specialists 4,132 4,577 445 1,088 1,533 $39,614
Electro-mechanical technicians 35 39 4 8 12 $38,626
Total 30,731 35,778 5,046 8,112 13,158

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $54,561

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Postsecondary Vocational Award
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Commercial pilots 183 198 15 42 57 $55,069
Ship engineers 38 45 7 12 19 $51,902
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 130 146 16 43 59 $49,022
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 341 376 35 93 128 $45,096
Avionics technicians 292 299 7 21 28 $44,116
Court reporters 374 427 53 82 135 $43,786
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 2,509 2,627 118 241 359 $42,649
Mechanical drafters 385 418 33 87 120 $40,451
Electrical and electronics drafters 241 266 25 60 85 $40,430
Total 4,492 4,804 309 681 990

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $43,513

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Long-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Air traffic controllers 174 195 21 45 66 $87,695
Elevator installers and repairers 149 157 8 27 35 $58,542
Nuclear power reactor operators 12 15 3 5 8 $54,013
Numerical tool and process control programmers 84 81 -3 5 2 $48,126
Chemical plant and system operators 81 88 7 25 32 $48,067
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 1,163 1,270 107 176 283 $46,931
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 5,468 6,280 812 1,541 2,353 $46,898
Power distributors and dispatchers 57 64 7 19 26 $46,752
Fire fighters 2,704 3,095 391 882 1,273 $46,705
Power plant operators 172 199 27 58 85 $45,442
Plant and system operators, all other 44 47 3 10 13 $44,390
Boilermakers 86 94 8 23 31 $42,696
Airfield operations specialists 67 73 6 15 21 $42,551
Gas plant operators 156 200 44 77 121 $42,540
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 3,705 4,012 307 783 1,090 $41,989
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 1,355 1,347 -8 154 146 $41,517
Transit and railroad police 23 26 3 6 9 $40,755
Military Occupations 36,951 42,475 5,524 2,961 8,485 $40,212
Flight attendants 355 202 -153 -126 -279 $39,608
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 266 290 24 47 71 $39,295
Crane and tower operators 249 269 20 41 61 $39,006
Total 53,322 60,476 7,158 6,773 13,931

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $41,791

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Moderate-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 2,759 3,024 265 570 835 $53,300
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 141 154 13 31 44 $52,895
Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 470 547 77 210 287 $51,224
Wellhead pumpers 636 735 99 262 361 $48,701
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 426 469 43 75 118 $48,438
Statistical assistants 143 160 17 49 66 $46,131
Continuous mining machine operators 19 21 2 5 7 $45,206
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 330 335 5 49 54 $45,071
Mine cutting and channeling machine operators 17 19 2 5 7 $44,851
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 9,752 10,571 819 1,888 2,707 $44,696
Locomotive engineers and operators 288 303 15 64 79 $44,349
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 167 181 14 46 60 $43,843
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 491 568 77 203 280 $43,834
Derrick operators, oil and gas 414 455 41 73 114 $43,234
Advertising sales agents 1,053 1,192 139 234 373 $43,134
Mining machine operators, all other 17 19 2 5 7 $42,877
Bookbinders 31 31 0 5 5 $42,265
Cargo and freight agents 513 541 28 96 124 $42,205
Rock splitters, quarry 180 207 27 49 76 $41,171
Roof bolters, mining 150 174 24 46 70 $40,851
Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators 68 73 5 14 19 $40,310
Brokerage clerks 289 305 16 63 79 $39,891
Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other 312 344 32 76 108 $39,597
Extraction workers, all other 204 232 28 53 81 $39,039
Total 18,869 20,661 1,790 4,172 5,962

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $45,888

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Short-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Postal service clerks 366 377 11 51 62 $56,683
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 1,046 1,028 -18 78 60 $50,940
Postal service mail carriers 1,965 2,023 58 337 395 $48,600
Helpers, extraction workers 389 439 50 107 157 $45,368
Total 3,766 3,868 101 572 673

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $49,643

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Work experience in a related field
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Industrial production managers 660 688 28 158 186 $85,639
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 626 690 64 156 220 $67,838
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 200 226 26 57 83 $62,861
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 100 114 14 30 44 $61,318
Detectives and criminal investigators 1,242 1,475 233 373 606 $59,377
Postmasters and mail superintendents 113 114 1 15 16 $58,744
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 2,116 2,246 130 356 486 $55,460
Transportation inspectors 178 200 22 52 74 $50,134
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 109 132 23 37 60 $48,291
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 3,555 3,792 237 647 884 $47,982
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 1,547 1,681 134 288 422 $46,748
Cost estimators 1,481 1,654 173 322 495 $43,665
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 4,006 4,162 156 575 731 $42,513
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 963 1,022 59 167 226 $42,140
Fire inspectors and investigators 75 86 11 19 30 $39,931
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 1,378 1,518 140 278 418 $39,128
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 63 69 6 13 19 $39,083
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 11,992 12,944 952 2,181 3,133 $38,939
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 10,378 11,400 1,022 1,713 2,735 $38,876
Total 40,782 44,214 3,431 7,437 10,868

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $43,594

Sources: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

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