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Career Exploration

Workforce Solutions Career Specialists are available to help individuals learn about various occupations available in the Heart of Texas region that fit with your unique career preferences, skills, interests and values. Plan your career and make career-related decisions. Explore new career opportunities, find wage and occupation information, learn about your interests and abilities, and use other labor market resources.

There are many careers from which people can choose, but recognizing which occupations and industries lead to good wages and adequate employment opportunities can be challenging.

To help you prepare for good job opportunities, Workforce Solutions has gathered information on targeted occupations and key industries in the Heart of Texas region.  These resources provide critical information on occupations and industries that are growing and lead to employment. 

We encourage you to use these tools to make informed decisions about both career and educational opportunities.

Heart of Texas Targeted Occupations

The Heart of Texas Targeted Occupations are high-skill and high-growth occupations.  Investments in financial assistance, work experience and other Workforce Solutions align with these occupations.

Target occupation guideThe Heart of Texas Targeted Occupations Guide is a helpful guide that provides a description of each targeted occupation, its  starting salary, projected growth over the next 10 years and training programs that are available.
targeted occupationsThe Heart of Texas Targeted Occupations List is a helpful list that provides the Standard Occupational Code (SOC) number for each targeted occupation.  Use the SOC number to learn more about each occupation at O*NET OnLine.
Everyone Starts SomewhereThe Career Pathways to Heart of Texas Occupations Guide
Everybody starts somewhere in the labor market, that is, in an entry level job. Useful labor market information and good career decision-making can make the journey easier. Learn how to progress in a career through the Career Progressions Pathways for Heart of Texas Occupations
Targeted Industries List

Heart of Texas Targeted Industries
The Heart of Texas Targeted Industries employ large numbers of workers, are typically fast-growing, pay above average wages and align with our targeted occupations.

Industry SectorNAICS CodeTargeted Industry Name



2382Building Equipment Contractors
2371Utility System Construction
2373Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Educational Services6111Elementary and Secondary Schools
Government, Except Postal Services, State and Local Education & Hospitals9039Local Government, Excluding Education & Hospital
Health Care and Social Assistance6211Office of Physicians
6216Home Health Care Services




3364Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing
3273Cement & Concrete Product Manufacturing
3327Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
3330A1Machinery manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)
3362Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Other Services (Except Public Administration)8111Automotive Repair and Maintenance
8113Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services5412Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
5413Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Transportation and Warehousing4842Specialized Freight Trucking
4931Warehousing and Storage

Anyone interested in determining if they are eligible for a Workforce Solutions Financial Assistance, should click here.

Need additional help?  Contact a Workforce Solutions Career Specialists at your nearest Center.

Offices & Centers Closed | Workshops & Orientations Canceled

FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Our workforce centers and administrative offices are closed Thursday, Feb. 18, due to inclement weather. All events, including virtual workshops, orientations, tax preparation and other in-person appointments, have been canceled. If you have questions, please email us at, and our staff will respond as soon as possible.