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Exhibit 7

“Good Jobs” in the Gulf Coast Region,
2009 – 2014

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 Gulf Coast region, 376 occupations pay more than this amount.

Doctoral and First Professional Degrees
Type of Job 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replace-
ment
Total Job Openings 2009 Median Annual Earnings
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 58 64 6 6 12 $206,378
Orthodontists 101 109 8 10 18 $180,856
Dentists, general 1,183 1,295 112 116 228 $158,454
Dentists, all other specialists 53 58 5 5 10 $149,032
Podiatrists 62 69 7 11 18 $146,453
Physicians and surgeons 10,391 12,751 2,360 937 3,297 $144,435
Lawyers 9,401 10,550 1,149 891 2,040 $135,928
Physicists 120 134 14 15 29 $114,358
Optometrists 467 584 117 40 157 $109,366
Pharmacists 5,427 6,464 1,037 470 1,507 $102,211
Computer and information scientists, research 308 350 42 41 83 $100,610
Astronomers 52 59 7 6 13 $99,549
Veterinarians 873 1,061 188 86 274 $97,552
Mathematicians 28 32 4 3 7 $93,309
Postsecondary teachers 24,081 29,788 5,707 2,013 7,720 $88,055
Biochemists and biophysicists 133 148 15 14 29 $85,322
Chiropractors 216 266 50 12 62 $64,459
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,024 1,219 195 79 274 $61,610
Audiologists 175 205 30 10 40 $57,512
Microbiologists 94 104 10 10 20 $56,389
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 2,894 3,430 536 448 984 $51,085
Total 57,141 68,740 11,599 5,223 16,822

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $107,258

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Master’s degree
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 5,219 6,185 966 675 1,641 $132,600
Economists 113 131 18 17 35 $87,942
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,884 2,246 362 244 606 $84,323
Hydrologists 51 61 10 7 17 $78,187
Physical therapists 2,130 2,612 482 128 610 $77,522
Statisticians 149 169 20 23 43 $73,736
Psychologists, all other 127 148 21 10 31 $73,632
Operations research analysts 1,212 1,345 133 122 255 $72,654
Social scientists and related workers, all other 133 153 20 21 41 $72,634
Industrial-organizational psychologists 30 38 8 2 10 $69,139
Occupational therapists 1,346 1,635 289 99 388 $67,309
Speech-language pathologists 2,038 2,372 334 197 531 $65,811
Mathematical scientists, all other 48 62 14 6 20 $63,398
Historians 14 16 2 2 4 $61,069
Instructional coordinators 1,679 2,072 393 115 508 $60,653
Urban and regional planners 471 565 94 70 164 $60,216
Sociologists 25 30 5 2 7 $57,242
Political scientists 27 31 4 4 8 $57,096
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 4,519 5,315 796 448 1,244 $53,622
Anthropologists and archeologists 36 43 7 6 13 $53,310
Counselors, all other 1,561 1,824 263 155 418 $52,957
Archivists 31 36 5 7 12 $52,229
Librarians 2,424 2,765 341 328 669 $51,563
Epidemiologists 64 77 13 10 23 $50,690
Curators 128 150 22 28 50 $49,837
Health educators 1,074 1,298 224 62 286 $46,550
Museum Technicians and Conservators 266 309 43 58 101 $45,677
Mental health counselors 944 1,138 194 94 288 $41,038
Rehabilitation counselors 506 591 85 50 135 $38,355
Total 28,249 33,417 5,168 2,990 8,158

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $74,172

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Degree Plus Work Experience
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Chief executives 3,594 3,903 309 491 800 $187,617
Engineering managers 4,530 5,019 489 459 948 $137,862
Marketing managers 2,351 2,636 285 261 546 $127,400
Sales managers 5,555 6,197 642 617 1,259 $123,219
Financial managers 7,676 8,667 991 558 1,549 $122,803
Computer and information systems managers 4,554 5,164 610 368 978 $121,971
Natural sciences managers 504 563 59 55 114 $120,848
General and operations managers 40,974 44,180 3,206 4,939 8,145 $117,146
Human resources managers, all other 542 621 79 51 130 $111,821
Public relations managers 670 768 98 78 176 $108,514
Purchasing managers 1,283 1,423 140 184 324 $106,746
Education administrators, postsecondary 733 875 142 102 244 $106,417
Compensation and benefits managers 891 1,012 121 84 205 $101,982
Training and development managers 454 529 75 43 118 $94,494
Administrative services managers 5,853 6,665 812 774 1,586 $93,558
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 170 193 23 16 39 $91,484
Actuaries 108 126 18 19 37 $86,819
Medical and health services managers 4,816 5,790 974 450 1,424 $84,094
Art directors 303 335 32 35 67 $83,221
Management analysts 9,794 11,732 1,938 836 2,774 $78,832
Broadcast news analysts 67 67 0 11 11 $78,062
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 4,436 5,166 730 618 1,348 $72,666
Advertising and promotions managers 341 368 27 38 65 $70,678
Music directors and composers 62 70 8 6 14 $66,331
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 365 425 60 35 95 $65,294
Producers and directors 687 755 68 102 170 $64,563
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 43 45 2 6 8 $63,960
Education administrators, all other 194 231 37 27 64 $59,800
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 139 156 17 13 30 $55,994
Reporters and correspondents 410 378 (32) 96 64 $54,891
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 2,193 2,402 209 377 586 $52,541
Vocational education teachers, middle school 409 449 40 55 95 $50,930
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 712 779 67 26 93 $50,336
Total 105,413 117,689 12,276 11,830 24,106

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $109,466

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Bachelor’s
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Petroleum engineers 6,948 8,147 1,199 898 2,097 $135,866
Nuclear engineers 78 81 3 9 12 $122,524
Physical scientists, all other 131 147 16 13 29 $111,247
Chemical engineers 2,748 2,851 103 349 452 $106,018
Engineers, all other 5,559 6,094 535 327 862 $101,525
Sales engineers 1,793 1,978 185 226 411 $99,674
Orthotists and prosthetists 92 109 17 4 21 $98,758
Marine engineers and naval architects 542 559 17 71 88 $97,510
Materials engineers 1,022 1,135 113 119 232 $97,386
Civil engineers 13,032 14,862 1,830 1,717 3,547 $96,886
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 608 711 103 69 172 $96,138
Electrical engineers 3,977 4,388 411 462 873 $95,243
Computer hardware engineers 877 936 59 135 194 $95,098
Mechanical engineers 7,069 7,885 816 767 1,583 $94,682
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 6,432 7,039 607 823 1,430 $92,206
Personal financial advisors 2,464 2,984 520 111 631 $91,936
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 1,606 1,963 357 235 592 $91,609
Physician assistants 1,115 1,434 319 77 396 $90,584
Electronics engineers, except computer 2,404 2,612 208 279 487 $89,482
Computer software engineers, applications 8,392 10,502 2,110 612 2,722 $89,253
Aerospace engineers 4,283 4,711 428 425 853 $88,587
Computer software engineers, systems software 5,712 6,663 951 416 1,367 $88,483
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 414 495 81 35 116 $87,901
Architects, except landscape and naval 1,925 2,154 229 182 411 $87,422
Agricultural engineers 79 90 11 9 20 $85,800
Financial examiners 392 439 47 34 81 $85,758
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 1,327 1,468 141 160 301 $83,949
Industrial engineers 3,763 4,520 757 453 1,210 $82,202
Computer programmers 8,657 8,929 272 1,083 1,355 $80,725
Financial specialists, all other 1,554 1,756 202 207 409 $80,101
Construction managers 9,033 10,579 1,546 700 2,246 $79,435
Computer systems analysts 11,145 13,335 2,190 1,478 3,668 $77,730
Environmental engineers 981 1,162 181 144 325 $77,334
Financial analysts 6,997 8,303 1,306 199 1,505 $75,878
Budget analysts 1,217 1,391 174 141 315 $75,566
Materials scientists 132 140 8 18 26 $73,632
Chemists 1,679 1,772 93 222 315 $72,738
Credit analysts 1,563 1,659 96 299 395 $72,030
Logisticians 3,263 3,828 565 242 807 $71,698
Market research analysts 4,492 5,177 685 152 837 $71,011
Network and computer systems administrators 7,067 8,421 1,354 807 2,161 $70,470
Business operation specialists, all other 15,497 18,414 2,917 830 3,747 $69,451
Database administrators 2,505 2,991 486 134 620 $69,014
Cartographers and photogrammetrists 387 463 76 60 136 $68,328
Accountants and auditors 23,641 27,570 3,929 2,080 6,009 $67,995
Loan officers 3,429 3,796 367 185 552 $67,995
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 740 843 103 94 197 $67,475
Network systems and data communications analysts 3,493 4,610 1,117 356 1,473 $67,350
Foresters 16 19 3 2 5 $67,205
Surveyors 1,188 1,361 173 184 357 $65,395
Biological scientists, all other 189 210 21 19 40 $64,750
Insurance underwriters 1,274 1,360 86 171 257 $64,730
Occupational health and safety specialists 1,602 1,836 234 152 386 $64,230
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 4,477 5,233 756 482 1,238 $63,981
Atmospheric and space scientists 162 185 23 20 43 $63,336
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,760 2,053 293 189 482 $63,086
Biomedical engineers 187 218 31 21 52 $62,982
Life scientists, all other 23 26 3 3 6 $62,774
Animal scientists 30 35 5 5 10 $61,755
Public relations specialists 4,242 4,835 593 160 753 $61,131
Technical writers 676 774 98 102 200 $59,010
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 3,499 4,090 591 376 967 $58,739
Social and community service managers 1,248 1,457 209 119 328 $57,221
Commercial and industrial designers 196 221 25 26 51 $57,117
Editors 1,148 1,193 45 171 216 $57,054
Soil and plant scientists 75 85 10 11 21 $56,992
Insurance sales agents 5,794 6,396 602 629 1,231 $56,950
Athletic trainers 261 312 51 25 76 $55,869
Training and development specialists 4,211 4,858 647 453 1,100 $55,515
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 103 118 15 10 25 $54,933
Landscape architects 191 213 22 18 40 $54,496
Multi-media artists and animators 383 466 83 45 128 $54,267
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 3,649 4,309 660 276 936 $51,771
Food scientists and technologists 56 61 5 9 14 $51,376
Legal support workers, all other 205 232 27 17 44 $51,293
Designers, all other 23 27 4 3 7 $50,357
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 21,640 24,976 3,336 3,222 6,558 $50,265
Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 1,633 1,956 323 87 410 $49,546
Directors, religious activities and education 43 48 5 5 10 $49,379
Dietitians and nutritionists 610 705 95 77 172 $49,317
Meeting and convention planners 819 925 106 82 188 $48,464
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 3,191 3,902 711 355 1,066 $48,289
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 18,578 21,995 3,417 2,028 5,445 $48,284
Special education teachers, secondary school 1,008 1,177 169 112 281 $48,115
Medical and public health social workers 1,604 1,965 361 169 530 $47,819
Special education teachers, middle school 1,168 1,412 244 130 374 $47,747
Property, real estate, and community association managers 5,639 6,438 799 390 1,189 $47,715
Writers and authors 516 567 51 46 97 $47,486
Elementary school teachers, except special education 36,784 43,993 7,209 4,016 11,225 $47,359
Therapists, all other 222 264 42 13 55 $46,467
Education, training, and library workers, all other 192 225 33 13 46 $45,718
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 2,674 3,226 552 221 773 $45,640
Conservation scientists 92 104 12 14 26 $44,970
Graphic designers 2,533 2,829 296 337 633 $44,866
Film and video editors 146 137 (9) 23 14 $42,765
Law clerks 415 446 31 37 68 $40,955
Social workers, all other 456 537 81 48 129 $40,643
Community and social service specialists, all other 567 677 110 33 143 $39,312
Recreational therapists 155 173 18 12 30 $37,981
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 1,496 1,785 289 87 376 $37,835
Total 331,305 384,741 53,436 33,703 87,139

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $69,635

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Associates Degree
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Radiation therapists 271 342 71 20 91 $78,978
Computer specialists, all other 2,597 2,976 379 344 723 $78,832
Nuclear technicians 74 79 5 13 18 $78,458
Geological and petroleum technicians 3,123 3,690 567 590 1,157 $72,197
Nuclear medicine technologists 401 486 85 27 112 $71,926
Dental hygienists 2,577 3,091 514 246 760 $68,266
Occupational therapist assistants 431 525 94 33 127 $67,184
Registered nurses 42,954 53,195 10,241 3,545 13,786 $65,686
Funeral directors 521 546 25 62 87 $60,507
Industrial engineering technicians 1,424 1,587 163 139 302 $60,299
Diagnostic medical sonographers 830 1,022 192 56 248 $59,363
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 3,873 4,201 328 378 706 $54,392
Radiologic technologists and technicians 3,695 4,453 758 250 1,008 $53,435
Mechanical engineering technicians 2,531 2,821 290 247 537 $53,040
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 1,826 2,019 193 178 371 $51,272
Respiratory therapists 1,928 2,386 458 142 600 $51,022
Physical therapist assistants 840 1,049 209 54 263 $50,898
Electro-mechanical technicians 289 306 17 28 45 $50,856
Fish and game wardens 107 121 14 13 27 $49,629
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 233 260 27 23 50 $49,150
Chemical technicians 2,678 2,734 56 448 504 $48,568
Paralegals and legal assistants 5,550 6,469 919 365 1,284 $48,443
Computer support specialists 12,107 13,660 1,553 1,869 3,422 $48,006
Interior designers 1,256 1,472 216 167 383 $47,882
Forensic science technicians 175 226 51 33 84 $46,946
Environmental engineering technicians 887 1,017 130 86 216 $46,176
Fashion designers 105 120 15 14 29 $45,198
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 763 962 199 52 251 $44,616
Social science research assistants 58 68 10 11 21 $44,491
Respiratory therapy technicians 716 809 93 109 202 $42,910
Civil engineering technicians 3,128 3,458 330 305 635 $41,642
Biological technicians 1,052 1,217 165 187 352 $41,163
Medical equipment repairers 958 1,118 160 134 294 $40,414
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 1,133 1,352 219 216 435 $39,187
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 2,739 3,131 392 521 913 $38,709
Forest and conservation technicians 77 85 8 15 23 $38,147
Total 103,907 123,053 19,146 10,920 30,066

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $57,888

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Postsecondary Vocational Award
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Commercial pilots 1,064 1,355 291 156 447 $81,682
Ship engineers 686 738 52 90 142 $66,165
Electrical and electronics drafters 1,187 1,287 100 170 270 $59,280
Occupational health and safety technicians 515 606 91 49 140 $55,141
Mechanical drafters 2,724 3,007 283 389 672 $54,080
Drafters, all other 437 484 47 62 109 $52,478
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 1,635 1,907 272 83 355 $52,125
Avionics technicians 122 141 19 6 25 $51,542
Architectural and civil drafters 3,011 3,162 151 430 581 $50,149
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 824 960 136 83 219 $49,629
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 1,623 1,769 146 275 421 $49,088
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 403 404 1 78 79 $48,110
Real estate sales agents 5,601 6,241 640 448 1,088 $47,466
Legal secretaries 3,198 3,549 351 255 606 $45,531
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 390 463 73 37 110 $44,429
Surgical technologists 1,616 2,020 404 247 651 $42,869
Court reporters 424 497 73 35 108 $41,808
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 12,969 15,242 2,273 1,768 4,041 $40,789
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 3,440 4,048 608 337 945 $40,643
Slot key persons 12 14 2 1 3 $40,352
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 10,296 11,473 1,177 1,032 2,209 $39,603
Desktop publishers 195 208 13 20 33 $39,437
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment 195 213 18 21 39 $38,938
Total 52,567 59,788 7,221 6,072 13,293

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $45,502

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Long-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Air traffic controllers 1,061 1,232 171 145 316 $120,890
Nuclear power reactor operators 16 18 2 3 5 $76,128
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 3,681 4,010 329 469 798 $61,027
Radio and television announcers 277 289 12 59 71 $60,882
Chemical plant and system operators 7,040 6,611 (429) 1,942 1,513 $58,843
Power plant operators 458 486 28 79 107 $58,635
Elevator installers and repairers 666 714 48 88 136 $57,699
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 4,442 4,952 510 259 769 $56,035
Boilermakers 1,886 2,162 276 342 618 $55,182
Insurance appraisers, auto damage 213 236 23 27 50 $54,933
Actors 559 586 27 58 85 $54,766
Power distributors and dispatchers 232 235 3 46 49 $54,558
Coaches and scouts 1,762 2,132 370 226 596 $53,518
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 8,121 8,698 577 1,666 2,243 $52,520
Plant and system operators, all other 49 50 1 7 8 $51,626
Gas plant operators 1,111 1,175 64 209 273 $51,314
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 13,587 16,225 2,638 1,816 4,454 $51,230
Numerical tool and process control programmers 282 320 38 29 67 $49,587
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 3,142 3,224 82 387 469 $48,485
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 2,940 3,151 211 463 674 $48,110
Transit and railroad police 97 114 17 13 30 $46,946
Artists and related workers, all other 39 42 3 5 8 $45,760
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 585 620 35 61 96 $44,970
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 9,643 11,201 1,558 995 2,553 $44,824
Millwrights 922 1,047 125 58 183 $44,699
Crane and tower operators 1,734 1,983 249 155 404 $44,678
Industrial machinery mechanics 9,976 11,562 1,586 832 2,418 $44,595
Fire fighters 5,902 7,072 1,170 1,075 2,245 $44,470
Media and communication workers, all other 39 44 5 5 10 $44,200
Audio and video equipment technicians 480 550 70 78 148 $43,451
Airfield operations specialists 77 95 18 10 28 $42,598
Rail car repairers 412 448 36 40 76 $42,203
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 3,921 4,536 615 344 959 $42,037
Electricians 14,493 15,991 1,498 1,866 3,364 $41,725
Tool and die makers 410 466 56 47 103 $41,621
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators 191 215 24 22 46 $40,144
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 4,401 4,528 127 573 700 $40,082
Interpreters and translators 859 1,060 201 102 303 $39,936
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 494 551 57 42 99 $39,894
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers, all other 61 69 8 10 18 $39,499
Medical appliance technicians 252 283 31 24 55 $39,104
Home appliance repairers 993 1,064 71 112 183 $38,688
Structural iron and steel workers 1,998 2,220 222 325 547 $38,043
Musical instrument repairers and tuners 148 159 11 21 32 $38,043
Total 109,652 122,426 12,774 15,135 27,909

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $48,643

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Moderate-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 6,542 7,229 687 722 1,409 $77,563
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 30,975 34,373 3,398 3,418 6,816 $65,229
Sales representatives, services, all other 10,746 12,792 2,046 1,265 3,311 $63,856
Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other 260 284 24 36 60 $63,523
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 85 94 9 11 20 $61,402
Bookbinders 67 67 0 10 10 $56,826
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters 113 132 19 17 36 $56,035
Audio-visual collections specialists 144 150 6 20 26 $51,480
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 4,843 4,676 (167) 814 647 $51,002
Commercial divers 49 56 7 2 9 $48,963
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 738 721 (17) 187 170 $48,922
Rail transportation workers, all other 40 35 (5) 16 11 $47,403
Signal and track switch repairers 68 67 (1) 5 4 $46,134
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 3,466 4,109 643 268 911 $45,718
Statistical assistants 81 93 12 18 30 $45,510
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 1,980 2,095 115 177 292 $45,427
Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 262 263 1 75 76 $45,386
Loading machine operators, underground mining 74 88 14 6 20 $44,304
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 509 606 97 83 180 $44,200
Subway and streetcar operators 159 191 32 28 60 $44,179
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 414 443 29 108 137 $44,179
Advertising sales agents 1,413 1,578 165 124 289 $43,826
Travel guides 40 32 (8) 16 8 $43,805
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 1,570 1,659 89 138 227 $43,701
Wellhead pumpers 1,844 2,014 170 475 645 $42,973
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 4,778 5,669 891 370 1,261 $42,890
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 38,083 43,533 5,450 3,032 8,482 $42,640
Extraction workers, all other 384 461 77 48 125 $42,411
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 879 867 (12) 126 114 $42,182
Mining machine operators, all other 30 31 1 6 7 $42,099
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 988 1,112 124 32 156 $42,037
Hoist and winch operators 59 66 7 5 12 $41,475
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 1,148 1,261 113 223 336 $41,267
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 446 507 61 39 100 $41,122
Gaming service workers, all other 18 22 4 2 6 $40,810
Pile-driver operators 199 238 39 19 58 $40,269
Mechanical door repairers 401 456 55 35 90 $39,125
Brokerage clerks 1,076 1,107 31 174 205 $39,042
Refractory materials repairers, except brickmasons 43 48 5 6 11 $39,000
Roof bolters, mining 69 83 14 10 24 $38,418
Tax preparers 1,707 1,803 96 223 319 $38,022
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 3,569 3,876 307 451 758 $38,002
Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 142 141 (1) 30 29 $38,002
Locomotive engineers and operators 150 162 12 26 38 $37,939
Derrick operators, oil and gas 2,563 3,058 495 204 699 $37,877
Total 123,214 138,348 15,134 13,100 28,234

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $52,292

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Short-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Postal service clerks 635 646 11 71 82 $55,827
Postal service mail carriers 5,579 5,681 102 817 919 $50,170
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 2,680 2,600 (80) 335 255 $49,150
Bridge and lock tenders 17 19 2 2 4 $45,448
Grounds maintenance workers, all other 64 72 8 4 12 $43,992
Shuttle car operators 14 13 (1) 4 3 $42,827
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 5,287 5,863 576 719 1,295 $40,539
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 6,705 7,421 716 737 1,453 $38,917
Loan interviewers and clerks 2,871 2,970 99 261 360 $38,584
Riggers 842 934 92 28 120 $38,106
Total 24,694 26,219 1,525 2,978 4,503

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $43,305

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Work experience in a related field
Occupation 2009 Jobs 2014 Jobs Growth Replacement Total Job Openings Median 2009 Annual Earnings
Industrial production managers 3,733 3,988 255 754 1,009 $115,731
Managers, all other 3,236 3,670 434 322 756 $101,296
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 2,698 3,013 315 400 715 $90,522
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 1,380 1,514 134 182 316 $84,053
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 5,728 6,140 412 413 825 $79,373
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 381 450 69 60 129 $77,750
Real estate brokers 593 660 67 47 114 $67,018
Cost estimators 4,779 5,613 834 489 1,323 $66,664
Postmasters and mail superintendents 148 149 1 18 19 $65,395
Detectives and criminal investigators 1,848 2,259 411 202 613 $64,563
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 2,764 2,945 181 312 493 $63,690
Emergency management specialists 139 163 24 7 31 $62,650
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 140 167 27 22 49 $62,608
Lodging managers 540 623 83 59 142 $62,046
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 14,767 15,828 1,061 1,592 2,653 $59,238
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 8,177 9,014 837 959 1,796 $59,072
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 15,571 17,826 2,255 1,087 3,342 $57,554
Food service managers 3,526 4,098 572 416 988 $57,013
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 6,713 7,334 621 717 1,338 $56,659
Construction and building inspectors 2,092 2,476 384 194 578 $54,746
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 79 83 4 9 13 $53,955
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 3,360 3,771 411 343 754 $52,520
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 29,634 32,782 3,148 3,058 6,206 $51,709
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors 34 42 8 3 11 $51,522
Fire inspectors and investigators 704 842 138 79 217 $50,586
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 554 651 97 45 142 $48,485
Transportation inspectors 567 677 110 95 205 $48,214
Private detectives and investigators 425 525 100 41 141 $46,426
Agricultural inspectors 26 29 3 3 6 $45,302
Choreographers 181 214 33 50 83 $44,054
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 3,507 3,962 455 358 813 $42,245
Chefs and head cooks 1,207 1,396 189 76 265 $42,078
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 21,869 23,798 1,929 2,294 4,223 $41,392
Gaming supervisors 35 43 8 3 11 $39,915
Self-enrichment education teachers 1,007 1,247 240 54 294 $39,666
Total 142,142 157,992 15,850 14,763 30,613

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $58,023

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

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