Target Occupations

Each year, Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas creates a Target Occupation list, by researching labor market information to identify high demand jobs that pay above average wages.  This Target Occupations list helps job seekers to identify career and training options. Click on the SOC Code for each occupation to view an occupation report with additional information.
SOC Code
Occupation Average
Typical Education &

Health Care Occupations

29-1141 Registered Nurses $27.01 Associate's Degree
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $16.62 Associate's Degree
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists $22.68 Associate's Degree
29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $14.69 Postsecondary Certificate
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians $13.57 Postsecondary Certificate
29-2055 Surgical Technologists $18.49 Postsecondary Cerificate
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $17.77 Postsecondary Certificate
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians $16.59 Postsecondary Certificate
31-9091 Dental Assistants $14.37 Postsecondary Certificate

Manufacturing Occupations

49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics $22.41 Long-term on-the-job training
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General $15.18 Long-term on-the-job training
51-2092 Team Assemblers $12.45 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-3092 Food Batchmakers $12.75 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-4011 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal/Plastic $17.17 Moderate-term on-the-job training
51-4041 Machinists $17.99 Long-term on-the-job training
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $19.01 Postsecondary Certificate
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $14.78 Moderate-term on-the-job training

Construction Occupations

11-9021 Construction Managers $41.98 Bachelor's Degree
47-2031 Carpenters $16.30 Apprenticeship
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators $18.45 Moderate-term on-the-job training
47-2111 Electricians $17.63 Apprenticeship
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters $19.90 Apprenticeship
49-3042 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Ex. Engines $19.81 Long-term on-the-job training
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers $17.69 Postsecondary Certificate
51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters $16.14 Postsecondary Certificate

Business Management and Administration Occupations

13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other $32.01 Associate's Degree
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists $19.71 Postsecondary Certificate
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $15.09 Moderate-term on-the-job training
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants $20.85 Moderate-term on-the-job training
43-6013 Medical Secretaries $12.92 Moderate-term on-the-job training
43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Ex. Legal, Medical, and Executive $13.94 Short-term on-the-job training

Transportation and Logistics Occupations

43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks $14.88 Short-term on-the-job training
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers $20.43 Moderate-term on-the-job training
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics $16.66 Long-term on-the-job training
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists $18.48 Long-term on-the-job training
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers $17.95 Postsecondary Certificate

Agriculture Occupations

11-9013 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers $26.62 Moderate-term on-the-job training