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Exhibit 6

“Good Jobs” in the South Texas Region, 2007 – 2012

Doctoral and First Professional Degrees

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replace-
ment
Median Annual Earnings
Physicians and surgeons 3,429 3,927 678 498 180 $165,904
Dentists, general 273 312 62 39 23 $129,648
Pharmacists 1,228 1,504 382 276 106 $111,856
Lawyers 2,619 2,971 489 352 137 $76,168
Optometrists 172 214 51 42 9 $63,835
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 501 607 122 106 16 $46,095
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $117,363

Master’s degree

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 379 429 95 50 45 $106,073
Physical therapists 927 1,154 273 227 46 $80,152
Occupational therapists 486 597 141 111 30 $74,748
Speech-language pathologists 937 1,110 254 173 81 $58,068
Counselors, all other 566 654 138 88 50 $54,550
Instructional coordinators 1,092 1,338 318 246 72 $53,838
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 2,353 2,704 573 351 222 $52,225
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 358 406 90 48 42 $52,176
Librarians 1,064 1,183 263 119 144 $47,092
Mental health counselors 234 275 57 41 16 $38,012
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 271 315 67 44 23 $32,440
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $58,723

Degree plus Work Experience

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Chief executives 5,473 6,346 983 873 110 $109,867
Marketing managers 408 463 82 55 27 $98,519
Engineering managers 304 335 60 31 29 $96,327
Computer and information systems managers 447 506 91 59 32 $80,271
Sales managers 913 1,023 192 110 82 $74,078
Financial managers 1,801 2,105 387 304 83 $72,549
Medical and health services managers 1,568 1,870 404 302 102 $71,350
General and operations managers 11,124 11,987 2,107 863 1,244 $68,193
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 2,062 2,368 560 306 254 $66,487
Administrative services managers 1,176 1,333 310 157 153 $65,141
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 263 302 64 39 25 $56,056
Management analysts 2,456 2,818 451 362 89 $53,410
Vocational education teachers, middle school 367 385 67 18 49 $48,182
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 957 1,078 285 121 164 $47,262
Producers and directors 264 310 71 46 25 $40,726
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $73,383

Bachelor’s Degree

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 323 388 78 65 13 $109,751
Petroleum engineers 226 251 53 25 28 $107,285
Physician assistants 390 483 119 93 26 $90,172
Mechanical engineers 302 333 60 31 29 $77,152
Computer software engineers, systems software 357 419 82 62 20 $71,684
Computer software engineers, applications 294 362 83 68 15 $70,875
Industrial engineers 244 297 82 53 29 $66,281
Civil engineers 860 948 175 88 87 $62,286
Network systems and data communications analysts 435 548 142 113 29 $59,070
Financial analysts 772 985 221 213 8 $58,352
Business operation specialists, all other 3,413 3,953 717 540 177 $55,595
Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 808 978 192 170 22 $54,961
Computer systems analysts 866 1,025 261 159 102 $54,169
Loan officers 1,109 1,241 188 132 56 $52,375
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 328 374 75 46 29 $50,191
Computer programmers 723 749 97 26 71 $49,878
Dietitians and nutritionists 339 393 87 54 33 $46,398
Accountants and auditors 5,331 6,079 1,028 748 280 $46,249
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 619 710 137 91 46 $45,798
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 9,813 11,328 2,976 1,515 1,461 $45,434
Public relations specialists 732 829 120 97 23 $44,817
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 8,752 10,523 2,671 1,771 900 $44,665
Construction managers 5,000 5,492 578 492 86 $44,151
Market research analysts 518 576 71 58 13 $43,975
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 1,033 1,218 291 185 106 $43,468
Network and computer systems administrators 601 715 177 114 63 $43,312
Social and community service managers 689 777 142 88 54 $43,228
Elementary school teachers, except special education 18,887 21,896 4,789 3,009 1,780 $42,868
Special education teachers, secondary school 546 628 142 82 60 $42,842
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 322 369 77 47 30 $41,697
Special education teachers, middle school 509 575 123 66 57 $41,663
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 1,683 1,953 380 270 110 $41,190
Medical and public health social workers 642 785 205 143 62 $40,703
Training and development specialists 463 528 109 65 44 $40,258
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 470 545 102 75 27 $34,717
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 1,818 2,294 520 476 44 $33,059
Child, family, and school social workers 1,237 1,415 301 178 123 $32,396
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 309 349 79 40 39 $31,869
Editors 359 399 78 40 38 $31,600
Insurance sales agents 3,151 3,627 623 476 147 $31,565
Social workers, all other 215 248 51 33 18 $30,076
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $45,427

Associates Degree

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Computer specialists, all other 247 281 56 34 22 $70,379
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 615 663 107 48 59 $58,220
Registered nurses 11,853 14,281 3,395 2,428 967 $57,049
Physical therapist assistants 421 532 138 111 27 $52,787
Dental hygienists 456 560 147 104 43 $52,531
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 408 458 127 50 77 $51,237
Geological and petroleum technicians 181 204 57 23 34 $50,282
Respiratory therapists 493 601 144 108 36 $48,856
Radiologic technologists and technicians 1,068 1,273 277 205 72 $46,582
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 288 335 101 47 54 $43,834
Interior designers 267 307 55 40 15 $37,838
Paralegals and legal assistants 711 831 164 120 44 $34,114
Computer support specialists 1,506 1,716 424 210 214 $31,394
Respiratory therapy technicians 186 209 51 23 28 $31,007
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $52,483

Postsecondary vocational award

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 2,071 2,347 380 276 104 $43,981
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 6,684 7,693 1,915 1,009 906 $37,139
Court reporters 253 295 57 42 15 $36,541
Surgical technologists 473 583 182 110 72 $35,701
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 868 990 203 122 81 $29,643
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $37,425

Long-term on-the-job training

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 837 921 179 84 95 $59,084
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,950 3,284 506 334 172 $54,815
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 784 844 150 60 90 $49,200
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 1,107 1,213 333 106 227 $47,248
Sheet metal workers 873 932 151 59 92 $46,388
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 960 1,019 162 59 103 $45,424
Coaches and scouts 603 682 140 79 61 $42,269
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 600 650 141 50 91 $41,398
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 4,721 5,507 1,417 786 631 $39,426
Industrial machinery mechanics 1,454 1,641 305 187 118 $37,542
Fire fighters 1,828 2,119 624 291 333 $37,134
Brickmasons and blockmasons 661 694 77 33 44 $32,006
Electricians 3,266 3,560 595 294 301 $31,535
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 2,428 2,690 462 262 200 $31,263
Machinists 1,399 1,559 286 160 126 $31,207
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 2,054 2,257 334 203 131 $29,814
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $39,677

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 1,388 1,565 243 177 66 $57,341
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 5,460 6,104 1,157 644 513 $40,510
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 659 724 116 65 51 $39,660
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 223 243 67 20 47 $37,176
Wellhead pumpers 512 565 180 53 127 $36,865
Derrick operators, oil and gas 284 321 59 37 22 $35,364
Sales representatives, services, all other 2,448 2,908 627 460 167 $34,396
Advertising sales agents 692 800 156 108 48 $33,848
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 1,353 1,544 296 191 105 $31,618
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 7,054 8,015 1,465 961 504 $30,926
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 15,647 18,186 3,665 2,539 1,126 $29,432
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $33,121

Short-term on-the-job training

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Postal service mail carriers 1,175 1,203 200 28 172 $44,658
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 944 1,041 223 97 126 $38,213
Transportation workers, all other 254 300 69 46 23 $33,840
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $40,220

Work experience in a related field

Type of Job 2007 Jobs 2012 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median Annual Earnings
Industrial production managers 426 456 114 30 84 $79,133
Managers, all other 8,395 9,765 1,431 1,370 61 $78,587
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 702 815 223 113 110 $71,845
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 732 875 226 143 83 $59,808
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 4,591 5,239 718 648 70 $54,205
Detectives and criminal investigators 3,437 4,151 1,090 714 376 $53,794
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 2,319 2,530 472 211 261 $47,035
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 747 811 139 64 75 $43,145
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 6,764 7,414 865 650 215 $42,233
Cost estimators 640 727 137 87 50 $40,120
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 2,634 2,822 457 188 269 $39,802
Lodging managers 919 1,157 258 238 20 $38,488
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 580 643 102 63 39 $38,426
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 1,031 1,176 243 145 98 $37,980
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 7,852 8,703 1,590 851 739 $35,459
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 417 489 129 72 57 $33,004
Construction and building inspectors 830 958 193 128 65 $31,313
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 16,075 18,135 2,879 2,060 819 $29,408
Weighted Average Annual Earnings $45,394

Sources: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., Texas Workforce Commission and Comptroller calculations.

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