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Texas in Focus: Upper Rio Grande

Exhibit 6

“Good Jobs” in the Upper Rio Grande 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 Upper Rio Grande residents expect to find within these industries? Exhibit 6 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 the weighted average of median annual earnings, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission, exceeds the state’s 2007 per capita personal income level of $37,187.21 In the Upper Rio Grande region, 227 occupations pay more than this amount.

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 1,222 1,370 258 148 110 $183,093
Dentists, general 74 79 12 5 7 $171,619
Podiatrists 14 15 3 1 2 $103,124
Pharmacists 479 593 159 114 45 $102,609
Lawyers 768 846 153 78 75 $93,091
Optometrists 39 45 9 6 3 $87,591
Veterinarians 65 78 20 13 7 $84,810
Chiropractors 42 44 4 2 2 $71,565
Computer and information scientists, research 20 24 7 4 3 $70,225
Audiologists 15 17 3 2 1 $62,789
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 122 148 46 26 20 $60,832
Postsecondary teachers 4,459 5,358 1,280 899 381 $54,626
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 65 74 14 9 5 $554,529
Total 7,384 8,691 1,968 1,307 661

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $84,961

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Master’s degree
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Physical therapists 324 400 96 76 20 $80,608
Occupational therapists 240 289 67 49 18 $80,237
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 29 34 9 5 4 $78,895
Operations research analysts 65 72 14 7 7 $77,703
Urban and regional planners 16 18 4 2 2 $68,557
Statisticians 12 13 3 1 2 $66,023
Museum Technicians and Conservators 17 18 5 1 4 $65,920
Instructional coordinators 258 307 67 49 18 $65,858
Speech-language pathologists 360 411 86 51 35 $62,521
Social scientists and related workers, all other 25 27 6 2 4 $60,811
Counselors, all other 293 328 64 35 29 $58,607
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 850 958 193 108 85 $54,569
Librarians 426 466 98 40 58 $48,760
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 92 107 27 15 12 $43,363
Curators 20 23 7 3 4 $42,770
Total 3,027 3,471 746 444 302

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $61,419

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Degree plus Work Experience
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Chief executives 224 238 44 14 30 $165,851
Natural sciences managers 20 22 4 2 2 $122,405
Engineering managers 130 140 23 10 13 $107,141
Computer and information systems managers 282 320 61 38 23 $95,234
Actuaries 15 17 5 2 3 $89,116
Compensation and benefits managers 53 59 11 6 5 $80,443
Administrative services managers 538 599 132 61 71 $79,557
Advertising and promotions managers 11 11 1 0 1 $79,516
Training and development managers 14 16 3 2 1 $79,069
Marketing managers 192 212 41 20 21 $75,787
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 719 801 183 82 101 $74,945
Sales managers 360 391 70 31 39 $73,707
Human resources managers, all other 14 15 2 1 1 $72,778
Purchasing managers 52 53 8 1 7 $67,527
Medical and health services managers 386 439 90 53 37 $67,012
Financial managers 573 624 93 51 42 $65,982
General and operations managers 3,553 3,773 647 220 427 $64,622
Public relations managers 16 18 4 2 2 $59,257
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 21 24 5 3 2 $56,274
Management analysts 307 355 75 48 27 $53,478
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 38 41 7 3 4 $52,200
Producers and directors 118 127 26 9 17 $51,376
Art directors 13 14 3 1 2 $50,833
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 463 489 105 26 79 $47,484
Broadcast news analysts 39 43 10 4 6 $40,335
Education administrators, postsecondary 150 176 47 26 21 $37,792
Education administrators, all other 64 73 18 9 9 $37,471
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 209 199 -2 -10 8 $37,410
Total 8,574 9,289 1,716 715 1,001

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $68,841

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Bachelors Degree
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Personal financial advisors 90 104 18 14 4 $113,485
Petroleum engineers 90 92 14 2 12 $98,241
Orthotists and prosthetists 17 19 3 2 1 $97,912
Aerospace engineers 37 39 6 2 4 $91,485
Materials scientists 13 16 5 3 2 $91,382
Computer software engineers, systems software 359 437 105 78 27 $82,750
Physician assistants 50 59 12 9 3 $77,827
Surveyors 47 54 14 7 7 $76,529
Sales engineers 23 24 4 1 3 $75,890
Chemical engineers 13 14 3 1 2 $70,988
Electronics engineers, except computer 157 172 34 15 19 $70,225
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 68 73 11 5 6 $68,948
Engineers, all other 110 118 15 8 7 $68,866
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 20 22 4 2 2 $68,722
Computer software engineers, applications 74 96 28 22 6 $67,650
Animal scientists 20 23 6 3 3 $63,881
Chemists 27 29 6 2 4 $63,098
Computer systems analysts 1,200 1434 397 234 163 $62,809
Architects, except landscape and naval 152 172 35 20 15 $60,255
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 208 224 42 16 26 $58,792
Electrical engineers 254 272 48 18 30 $58,545
Industrial engineers 154 171 36 17 19 $58,216
Budget analysts 144 157 30 13 17 $57,144
Network systems and data communications analysts 589 785 259 196 63 $57,062
Civil engineers 352 400 95 48 47 $56,815
Social workers, all other 111 124 25 13 12 $56,053
Conservation scientists 13 15 4 2 2 $55,929
Mechanical engineers 119 123 17 4 13 $55,764
Financial analysts 82 95 15 13 2 $54,940
Biological scientists, all other 74 79 13 5 8 $54,796
Credit analysts 91 91 17 0 17 $53,601
Financial examiners 12 13 2 1 1 $52,865
Business operation specialists, all other 1,821 2,106 385 285 100 $52,406
Materials engineers 63 66 10 3 7 $51,974
Logisticians 200 226 41 26 15 $51,747
Construction managers 505 586 120 81 39 $51,047
Occupational health and safety specialists 88 96 16 8 8 $50,964
Database administrators 166 201 44 35 9 $50,841
Commercial and industrial designers 18 17 1 -1 2 $49,275
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 169 196 46 27 19 $49,172
Network and computer systems administrators 398 468 116 70 46 $48,946
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 323 348 50 25 25 $48,925
Therapists, all other 15 17 3 2 1 $48,266
Accountants and auditors 1,503 1,652 279 149 130 $48,122
Insurance underwriters 75 86 21 11 10 $47,710
Writers and authors 45 50 9 5 4 $47,689
Loan officers 421 445 46 24 22 $47,112
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 84 93 20 9 11 $47,030
Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 142 162 28 20 8 $46,762
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 244 277 60 33 27 $46,535
Financial specialists, all other 85 92 18 7 11 $46,268
Set and exhibit designers 21 23 5 2 3 $46,206
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 3,693 4,074 933 381 552 $46,152
Dietitians and nutritionists 84 92 19 8 11 $45,753
Elementary school teachers, except special education 5,961 6,814 1511 853 658 $45,345
Training and development specialists 214 252 62 38 24 $45,238
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 2,907 3,289 702 382 320 $44,834
Technical writers 78 89 23 11 12 $44,414
Law clerks 44 47 7 3 4 $44,187
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 632 730 151 98 53 $44,071
Special education teachers, secondary school 231 258 53 27 26 $43,434
Medical and public health social workers 243 290 73 47 26 $42,869
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 483 565 137 82 55 $42,658
Multi-media artists and animators 66 83 25 17 8 $42,580
Environmental engineers 100 115 30 15 15 $42,271
Legal support workers, all other 34 37 6 3 3 $42,137
Meeting and convention planners 33 36 6 3 3 $41,921
Special education teachers, middle school 188 217 50 29 21 $41,573
Social and community service managers 214 237 44 23 21 $40,809
Computer programmers 618 648 108 30 78 $40,397
Farm and home management advisors 10 11 2 1 1 $40,252
Insurance sales agents 497 582 140 85 55 $38,254
Film and video editors 18 16 0 -2 2 $38,131
Market research analysts 330 373 54 43 11 $38,089
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 320 366 65 46 19 $37,760
Atmospheric and space scientists 13 14 3 1 2 $37,513
Total 28,167 31,988 6,845 3,821 3,024

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $49,033

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Associates Degree
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Radiation therapists 34 38 7 4 3 $88,209
Nuclear medicine technologists 43 46 6 3 3 $71,152
Computer specialists, all other 143 161 37 18 19 $62,006
Social science research assistants 10 13 5 3 2 $56,094
Occupational therapist assistants 54 67 17 13 4 $55,002
Diagnostic medical sonographers 66 72 10 6 4 $54,858
Registered nurses 4,800 5,388 987 588 399 $54,178
Funeral directors 23 26 6 3 3 $52,983
Dental hygienists 151 176 40 25 15 $52,860
Forensic science technicians 15 18 6 3 3 $51,294
Fashion designers 13 12 1 -1 2 $50,964
Mechanical engineering technicians 43 45 6 2 4 $50,429
Physical therapist assistants 188 240 64 52 12 $46,453
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 229 241 34 12 22 $45,402
Chemical technicians 56 61 14 5 9 $45,176
Fish and game wardens 16 17 3 1 2 $44,414
Respiratory therapists 197 216 34 19 15 $44,063
Radiologic technologists and technicians 330 355 47 25 22 $43,878
Geological and petroleum technicians 36 44 15 8 7 $43,734
Respiratory therapy technicians 95 92 11 -3 14 $43,610
Biological technicians 38 43 12 5 7 $43,425
Industrial engineering technicians 82 83 9 1 8 $42,045
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 100 111 18 11 7 $41,921
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 88 94 15 6 9 $39,284
Interior designers 46 49 9 3 6 $38,604
Paralegals and legal assistants 376 427 77 51 26 $38,357
Computer support specialists 1,057 1,225 336 168 168 $38,028
Total 8,329 9,360 1,826 1,031 795

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $49,864

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Postsecondary Vocational Award
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Commercial pilots 27 34 11 7 4 $69,952
Court reporters 130 146 27 16 11 $57,474
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 48 41 1 -7 8 $50,017
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 212 219 18 7 11 $46,762
Avionics technicians 59 60 4 1 3 $45,444
Library technicians 114 129 43 15 28 $43,033
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 57 66 15 9 6 $41,715
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 1,383 1,534 338 151 187 $38,749
Total 2,030 2,229 457 199 258

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $41,985

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Long-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Air traffic controllers 33 38 10 5 5 $82,750
Elevator installers and repairers 100 96 8 -4 12 $60,543
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 1,721 1,854 236 133 103 $55,332
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 177 170 29 -7 36 $55,332
Chemical plant and system operators 64 71 20 7 13 $50,573
Coaches and scouts 360 405 91 45 46 $49,852
Transit and railroad police 24 26 5 2 3 $49,399
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 890 964 181 74 107 $48,657
Power distributors and dispatchers 14 13 2 -1 3 $47,112
Gas plant operators 72 57 -3 -15 12 $46,288
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 52 51 7 -1 8 $45,732
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 466 516 111 50 61 $44,723
Boilermakers 27 31 9 4 5 $44,475
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 1,501 1,721 423 220 203 $42,889
Military Occupations 17,285 39,708 24,276 22,423 1853 $42,271
Power plant operators 62 56 4 -6 10 $39,531
Fire fighters 1,117 1,277 366 160 206 $39,387
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 10 11 2 1 1 $39,099
Tool and die makers 97 87 1 -10 11 $37,554
Interpreters and translators 65 76 19 11 8 $37,265
Total 22,669 23,115 3,152 446 2,706

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $43,838

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Moderate-term on-the-job training
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 33 38 12 5 7 $71,709
Audio-visual collections specialists 23 23 3 0 3 $70,637
Locomotive engineers and operators 68 76 20 8 12 $58,319
Signal and track switch repairers 16 16 1 0 1 $48,472
Sales representatives, services, all other 606 740 208 134 74 $48,286
Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other 34 36 7 2 5 $42,889
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 54 56 9 2 7 $42,889
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 40 42 12 2 10 $41,488
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 14 15 3 1 2 $40,953
Wellhead pumpers 17 11 -2 -6 4 $40,211
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 124 133 20 9 11 $39,243
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 2,377 2,387 253 10 243 $39,243
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 5,875 6,249 877 374 503 $38,151
Cargo and freight agents 321 356 80 35 45 $37,822
Total 9,602 10,178 1,503 576 927

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $39,482

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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 118 125 21 7 14 $44,661
Postal service mail carriers 524 553 108 29 79 $44,558
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 234 235 24 1 23 $42,312
Total 876 913 153 37 116

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $43,972

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Work experience in a related field
Occupation 2008 Jobs 2013 Jobs Total Job Openings Growth Replacement Median 2008 Annual Earnings
Managers, all other 411 452 83 41 42 $81,123
Industrial production managers 210 200 31 -10 41 $77,744
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 240 273 71 33 38 $74,181
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 207 223 47 16 31 $65,529
Postmasters and mail superintendents 23 24 4 1 3 $65,055
Real estate brokers 10 11 2 1 1 $63,572
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 19 20 4 1 3 $59,719
Lodging managers 63 72 16 9 7 $58,365
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 73 80 13 7 6 $51,912
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 522 568 83 46 37 $50,882
Detectives and criminal investigators 1,299 1,524 372 225 147 $49,811
Fire inspectors and investigators 20 23 5 3 2 $49,152
Food service managers 403 443 87 40 47 $48,451
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 952 993 151 41 110 $45,299
Self-enrichment education teachers 83 97 19 14 5 $44,146
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 43 50 14 7 7 $43,548
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 361 390 65 29 36 $42,436
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 411 421 54 10 44 $41,488
Cost estimators 270 304 61 34 27 $40,520
Transportation inspectors 79 89 24 10 14 $40,129
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 185 188 23 3 20 $40,046
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 175 203 52 28 24 $38,707
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 1,052 1,164 184 112 72 $37,574
Total 7,111 7,812 1,465 701 764

Weighted Average Annual Earnings – $49,557

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

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