Texas

by Recruiter on July 30, 2011

Texas nearly skirted the 2008-2009 recession, with most new jobs being created in professional fields such as accounting, security services and law. Texas’ economy is diverse and the oil and natural gas industries contributed to the state’s tax base.  In addition it’s low tax burden makes Texas business friendly and appealing for companies to locate their headquarters in the state. In a 2010 survey conducted by the Chief Executive, Texas ranked first as the best places to conduct business.

Texas’ unemployment rate in June 2011 was 8.2 percent, up from 8.0 percent in May. However, on the positive side Texas’ unemployment rate is lower than the nationwide unemployment rate and the state is experiencing a job growth.  According to the Comptrollers Economic Outlook posted on July 29, 2011 at www.texasahead.org, stated “by early summer 2011, 82 percent of the jobs shed by employers during Texas’ shorter recession have already been recovered as our economy recovers more quickly than the U.S. as a whole. Nationally, only 20 percent of recession-hit jobs had been recovered ending 2010.”

Here’s a snapshot of the fastest growing occupations in Texas (source: www.twc.state.tx.us)

# Occupation Employment Percent  *
Change
2008 2018
1 Biomedical engineers 650 1,150 78%
2 Home health aides 92,660 143,720 55%
3 Network systems and data communications analysts 19,160 29,490 54%
4 Petroleum engineers 13,440 20,140 50%
5 Athletic trainers 1,560 2,300 47%
6 Personal and home care aides 94,530 138,530 47%
7 Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 1,550 2,260 46%
8 Financial examiners 2,150 3,130 45%
9 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 3,670 5,320 45%
10 Biochemists and biophysicists 740 1,060 43%
11 Physician assistants 4,100 5,810 42%
12 Special education teachers, middle school 6,990 9,920 42%
13 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 14,410 20,410 42%
14 Radiation therapists 870 1,220 41%
15 Physical therapist aides 3,180 4,490 41%
16 Elementary school teachers, except special education 156,930 218,030 39%
17 Physical therapist assistants 3,880 5,390 39%
18 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 77,800 107,820 39%
19 Skin care specialists 3,080 4,260 38%
20 Occupational therapist assistants 1,870 2,580 38%
21 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 14,710 20,200 37%
22 Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 3,030 4,130 37%
23 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 23,120 31,600 37%
24 Veterinary technologists and technicians 6,970 9,520 37%
25 Instructional coordinators 11,960 16,330 37%

 

Current Job Listings:

Convention & Visitors Bureau Manager at City of Victoria, Victoria TX www.victoriatx.org/hr
Salary $50,000/year

Biomedical Engineer at HCL America, Inc. www.hcltech.com

Personal Trainer at Equinox www.equinox.com

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