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Exhibit 6

“Good Jobs” in the Central Texas Region, 2008 – 2013

Exhibit 6 presents a list of “good jobs” for the region’s future, grouping them based on their educational requirements.

Doctoral and First Professional Degrees
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replace-
ment
2008 Median Annual Earnings
Physicians and surgeons 2,374 2,717 560 343 217 $143,270
Dentists, general 139 153 28 14 14 $141,898
Podiatrists 24 27 7 3 4 $119,538
Optometrists 97 110 21 13 8 $110,739
Pharmacists 647 763 174 116 58 $103,563
Lawyers 621 703 142 82 60 $94,890
Postsecondary teachers 9,860 12,053 3,060 2,193 867 $82,914
Audiologists 24 27 4 3 1 $73,154
Veterinarians 203 259 78 56 22 $67,496
Computer and information scientists, research 21 25 7 4 3 $63,669
Biochemists and biophysicists 12 14 3 2 1 $55,349
Astronomers 36 41 10 5 5 $52,770
Chiropractors 127 146 26 19 7 $51,750
Physicists 24 28 7 4 3 $51,002
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 356 401 73 45 28 $46,696
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 788 964 306 176 130 $42,661
Microbiologists 18 20 4 2 2 $39,998
Total 15,371 18,451 4,510 3,080 1,430

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $90,758

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Master’s degree
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Operations research analysts 92 100 17 8 9 $75,400
Curators 35 41 14 6 8 $69,992
Occupational therapists 250 293 62 43 19 $69,451
Psychologists, all other 121 136 25 15 10 $67,350
Physical therapists 305 361 75 56 19 $67,101
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 209 239 58 30 28 $67,080
Statisticians 15 18 6 3 3 $61,256
Museum Technicians and Conservators 27 31 10 4 6 $55,682
Hydrologists 36 40 9 4 5 $53,186
Counselors, all other 292 325 62 33 29 $50,794
Epidemiologists 18 21 6 3 3 $50,211
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 326 370 88 44 44 $48,110
Speech-language pathologists 327 364 69 37 32 $47,757
Industrial-organizational psychologists 24 28 6 4 2 $46,966
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 899 1,018 209 119 90 $46,904
Urban and regional planners 113 128 32 15 17 $46,488
Librarians 452 492 101 40 61 $45,531
Instructional coordinators 513 617 140 104 36 $45,115
Health educators 89 102 18 13 5 $42,307
Social scientists and related workers, all other 162 183 48 21 27 $42,162
Marriage and family therapists 18 21 5 3 2 $41,246
Economists 45 50 12 5 7 $38,917
Sociologists 12 13 2 1 1 $38,584
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 114 131 29 17 12 $37,814
Total 4,494 5,122 1,103 628 475

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $51,378

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Degree plus Work Experience
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Natural sciences managers 64 72 15 8 7 $118,914
Engineering managers 213 235 44 22 22 $117,541
Human resources managers, all other 44 49 9 5 4 $110,240
Marketing managers 137 152 30 15 15 $106,704
Chief executives 536 565 102 29 73 $101,400
Compensation and benefits managers 91 100 18 9 9 $89,856
Public relations managers 78 87 18 9 9 $89,648
Training and development managers 45 51 10 6 4 $89,606
Computer and information systems managers 243 274 51 31 20 $89,378
Sales managers 419 445 72 26 46 $82,909
Actuaries 21 24 7 3 4 $81,973
Purchasing managers 86 91 17 5 12 $81,598
Education administrators, postsecondary 166 193 51 27 24 $75,358
Advertising and promotions managers 29 31 5 2 3 $74,797
Financial managers 629 687 104 58 46 $73,570
General and operations managers 5,383 5,667 928 284 644 $70,533
Medical and health services managers 697 791 161 94 67 $64,626
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 978 1,074 232 96 136 $61,291
Administrative services managers 1,016 1,121 241 105 136 $59,717
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 19 21 4 2 2 $51,979
Management analysts 557 647 139 90 49 $51,397
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 591 614 123 23 100 $43,043
Vocational education teachers, middle school 57 59 10 2 8 $41,650
Education administrators, all other 41 48 13 7 6 $38,564
Total 12,140 13,098 2,404 958 1,446

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $70,524

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Bachelors Degree
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Petroleum engineers 370 423 103 53 50 $119,142
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 196 217 50 21 29 112,778
Computer hardware engineers 17 19 5 2 3 $107,723
Aerospace engineers 96 107 21 11 10 $104,957
Engineers, all other 99 108 15 9 6 $90,813
Orthotists and prosthetists 28 32 5 4 1 $86,674
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 15 17 4 2 2 $80,850
Physician assistants 203 242 53 39 14 $80,725
Sales engineers 175 189 36 14 22 $80,454
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 112 129 27 17 10 $80,101
Chemical engineers 51 59 15 8 7 $77,875
Industrial engineers 291 337 81 46 35 $77,314
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 80 89 19 9 10 $75,400
Materials engineers 82 89 17 7 10 $74,589
Computer software engineers, applications 408 515 138 107 31 $73,237
Financial analysts 288 338 58 50 8 $72,114
Physical scientists, all other 26 29 6 3 3 $71,157
Electrical engineers 249 272 52 23 29 $65,187
Electronics engineers, except computer 207 224 42 17 25 $65,083
Computer software engineers, systems software 456 550 128 94 34 $63,773
Financial examiners 14 15 2 1 1 $62,941
Materials scientists 98 119 35 21 14 $62,317
Mechanical engineers 348 376 66 28 38 $61,630
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,215 1,397 278 182 96 $60,840
Environmental engineers 80 91 23 11 12 $59,030
Landscape architects 20 23 5 3 2 $57,907
Civil engineers 826 927 212 101 111 $57,699
Database administrators 323 384 79 61 18 $57,512
Dietitians and nutritionists 177 194 40 17 23 $57,325
Logisticians 337 398 88 61 27 $57,138
Athletic trainers 94 110 25 16 9 $56,950
Therapists, all other 24 27 4 3 1 $56,243
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 194 211 41 17 24 $55,182
Occupational health and safety specialists 135 153 31 18 13 $54,787
Budget analysts 178 199 42 21 21 $54,704
Computer programmers 640 663 103 23 80 $54,704
Business operation specialists, all other 2,455 2,880 562 425 137 $54,558
Commercial and industrial designers 14 14 2 0 2 $54,558
Computer systems analysts 979 1,169 324 190 134 $54,538
Writers and authors 28 31 6 3 3 $54,267
Network and computer systems administrators 809 949 234 140 94 $53,435
Insurance underwriters 88 90 14 2 12 $53,290
Technical writers 48 54 13 6 7 $52,915
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 739 844 166 105 61 $52,541
Set and exhibit designers 18 20 4 2 2 $51,813
Soil and plant Scientists 32 36 9 4 5 $51,605
Chemists 150 175 46 25 21 $51,147
Architects, except landscape and naval 114 127 24 13 11 $50,898
Personal financial advisors 129 154 31 25 6 $50,710
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 218 252 58 34 24 $50,523
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 30 34 7 4 3 $49,754
Food scientists and technologists 56 64 17 8 9 $48,776
Construction managers 1,062 1,172 192 110 82 $48,131
Credit analysts 95 96 18 1 17 $47,382
Biological scientists, all other 130 146 30 16 14 $47,320
Education, training, and library workers, all other 91 104 19 13 6 $47,154
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 271 306 65 35 30 $47,070
Multi-media artists and animators 51 63 18 12 6 $47,029
Accountants and auditors 2,402 2,662 470 260 210 $46,925
Loan officers 891 923 78 32 46 $46,862
Public relations specialists 361 405 58 44 14 $46,550
Training and development specialists 500 569 123 69 54 $46,280
Legal support workers, all other 33 36 6 3 3 $45,802
Surveyors 139 160 43 21 22 $45,552
Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 283 327 60 44 16 $45,198
Animal scientists 143 164 44 21 23 $44,491
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 4,192 4,546 973 354 619 $42,278
Film and video editors 14 15 2 1 1 $41,933
Network systems and data communications analysts 318 419 135 101 34 $41,850
Social and community service managers 207 231 44 24 20 $41,600
Social workers, all other 275 310 65 35 30 $40,976
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 3,388 3,773 753 385 368 $40,570
Special education teachers, secondary school 278 305 58 27 31 $40,389
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 598 693 162 95 67 $40,176
Medical and public health social workers 271 309 67 38 29 $39,894
Elementary school teachers, except special education 6,113 6,896 1,450 783 667 $39,810
Conservation scientists 58 64 15 6 9 $39,707
Financial specialists, all other 91 101 22 10 12 $39,582
Special education teachers, middle school 294 335 74 41 33 $39,322
Insurance sales agents 409 424 58 15 43 $38,979
Meeting and convention planners 62 71 15 9 6 $38,147
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 451 495 91 44 47 $38,064
Life scientists, all other 19 21 5 2 3 $37,939
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 298 339 58 41 17 $37,794
Total 37,847 42,645 8,737 4,798 3,939

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $49,559

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Associates Degree
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Diagnostic medical sonographers 127 152 34 25 9 $85,842
Nuclear medicine technologists 67 79 17 12 5 $68,598
Computer specialists, all other 241 274 65 33 32 $65,333
Dental hygienists 344 412 102 68 34 $63,315
Respiratory therapists 452 554 137 102 35 $62,109
Mechanical engineering technicians 181 199 36 18 18 $55,827
Registered nurses 7,646 8,980 1,984 1,334 650 $54,621
Physical therapist assistants 146 178 42 32 10 $53,352
Electro-mechanical technicians 24 25 3 1 2 $50,794
Funeral directors 90 101 22 11 11 $49,733
Respiratory therapy technicians 160 180 45 20 25 $49,608
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 168 209 53 41 12 $48,547
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 404 440 76 36 40 $46,987
Industrial engineering technicians 155 167 27 12 15 $43,430
Radiologic technologists and technicians 714 823 159 109 50 $43,139
Interior designers 45 49 10 4 6 $42,307
Occupational therapist assistants 61 70 14 9 5 $41,018
Fish and game wardens 14 16 4 2 2 $40,040
Social science research assistants 70 82 26 12 14 $39,437
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,149 1,348 289 199 90 $38,771
Computer support specialists 1,522 1,702 419 180 239 $37,606
Semiconductor processors 89 104 29 15 14 $37,315
Total 13,869 16,144 3,593 2,275 1,318

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $51,032

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Postsecondary Vocational Award
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Commercial pilots 64 74 19 10 9 $64,418
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 86 78 7 -8 15 $57,325
Ship engineers 25 28 6 3 3 $49,296
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 439 494 77 55 22 $48,194
Electrical and electronics drafters 77 82 16 5 11 $47,133
Avionics technicians 64 70 9 6 3 $46,072
Mechanical drafters 188 199 37 11 26 $44,304
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 178 199 39 21 18 $44,200
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 293 334 93 41 52 $42,931
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment 72 75 11 3 8 $40,893
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 122 140 30 18 12 $40,456
Healthcare technologists and technicians, all other 282 327 57 45 12 $39,312
Total 1,890 2,100 401 210 191

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $45,376

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Long-term on-the-job training
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Air traffic controllers 73 85 23 12 11 $85,738
Transit and railroad police 22 23 4 1 3 $73,778
Power distributors and dispatchers 32 30 4 -2 6 $59,987
Chemical plant and system operators 110 132 46 22 24 $59,779
Gas plant operators 160 163 32 3 29 $56,763
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 1,053 1,118 201 65 136 $54,579
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 394 400 53 6 47 $51,813
Power plant operators 136 130 16 -6 22 $51,334
Boilermakers 60 67 18 7 11 $50,731
Elevator installers and repairers 46 45 5 -1 6 $49,046
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 172 185 48 13 35 $47,486
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 348 321 15 -27 42 $46,862
Plant and system operators, all other 20 22 5 2 3 $46,530
Numerical tool and process control programmers 26 26 3 0 3 $44,304
Fire fighters 1,081 1,227 345 146 199 $43,826
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 304 336 50 32 18 $42,806
Military Occupations 52,238 53,323 7,420 1,085 6,335 $42,432
Rail car repairers 108 113 16 5 11 $41,642
Coaches and scouts 396 454 109 58 51 $41,163
Media and communication workers, all other 16 18 4 2 2 $41,018
Millwrights 108 113 12 5 7 $39,978
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 167 183 30 16 14 $39,915
Athletes and sports competitors 11 11 1 0 1 $38,958
Brickmasons and blockmasons 323 321 30 -2 32 $38,917
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 121 130 21 9 12 $38,542
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 2,421 2,733 639 312 327 $38,438
Interpreters and translators 77 91 23 14 9 $37,794
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 886 973 176 87 89 $37,669
Audio and video equipment technicians 34 39 11 5 6 $37,627
Total 60,943 62,812 9,360 1,869 7,491

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $42,661

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Moderate-term on-the-job training
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 77 84 22 7 15 $76,107
Locomotive engineers and operators 156 164 35 8 27 $62,234
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 562 601 99 39 60 $57,366
Signal and track switch repairers 20 19 0 -1 1 $55,390
Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other 71 79 18 8 10 $55,203
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 115 137 37 22 15 $51,210
Audio-visual collections specialists 72 73 11 1 10 $46,010
Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 12 13 4 1 3 $45,822
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 13 14 3 1 2 $45,614
Sales representatives, services, all other 725 839 200 114 86 $44,949
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 94 90 17 -4 21 $44,034
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 22 24 8 2 6 $43,930
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters 16 19 5 3 2 $41,995
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 311 330 46 19 27 $41,704
Wellhead pumpers 27 32 13 5 8 $41,205
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 3,713 3,804 477 91 386 $39,998
Derrick operators, oil and gas 84 105 28 21 7 $39,603
Bailiffs 36 41 9 5 4 $39,478
Extraction workers, all other 42 52 16 10 6 $39,416
Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 38 33 2 -5 7 $38,376
Pourers and casters, metal 215 180 -3 -35 32 $37,606
Total 6,421 6,733 1,047 312 735

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $43,621

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Short-term on-the-job training
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Parking enforcement workers 13 15 4 2 2 $44,512
Postal service clerks 250 265 44 15 29 $44,429
Postal service mail carriers 1,103 1,168 230 65 165 $43,659
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 447 441 36 -6 42 $41,122
Riggers 59 62 5 3 2 $39,499
Traffic technicians 23 26 5 3 2 $39,125
Total 1,895 1,977 324 82 242

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $42,983

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Work experience in a related field
Type of Job 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement 2008 Median Annual Earnings
Managers, all other 436 487 96 51 45 $78,686
Real estate brokers 58 67 14 9 5 $77,168
Industrial production managers 343 350 74 7 67 $76,086
Fire inspectors and investigators 18 20 4 2 2 $70,699
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 33 37 9 4 5 $66,248
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 47 52 11 5 6 $63,232
Postmasters and mail superintendents 119 125 21 6 15 $60,882
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 127 142 35 15 20 $57,658
Detectives and criminal investigators 299 351 86 52 34 $55,661
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 251 269 55 18 37 $55,099
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 502 512 45 10 35 $54,725
Private detectives and investigators 93 103 19 10 9 $53,102
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 48 55 11 7 4 $50,835
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 486 525 88 39 49 $49,358
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 1,375 1,467 251 92 159 $49,192
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 208 210 25 2 23 $48,776
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 1,348 1,505 251 157 94 $48,256
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 661 696 106 35 71 $46,530
Food service managers 566 614 115 48 67 $45,531
Lodging managers 104 121 29 17 12 $44,054
Self-enrichment education teachers 140 170 38 30 8 $43,930
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 2,208 2,238 261 30 231 $42,744
Cost estimators 472 526 102 54 48 $38,189
Construction and building inspectors 243 277 57 34 23 $37,752
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 4,084 4,371 708 287 421 $37,357
Total 14,269 15,290 2,511 1,021 1,490

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $46,214

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

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