Building Momentum: Full Report
Whether you're entering the workforce for the first time or are looking to change careers, choosing a career can be intimidating. It's a big decision that depends on many factors. The process begins with self-evaluation—considering your needs, goals, personality, and interests.
The good news is that there are many paths to good-paying careers that offer stability, opportunities for growth, and a great quality of life—careers with prominent Houston-area companies. And, success does not require a four-year college degree.
Throughout Houston, thousands of openings exist in seven industries experiencing steady expansion and widely considered drivers of the regional economy. Many of these employers offer work-based learning through apprenticeship programs. Others are looking for candidates with two-year technical degrees and often will pay for required courses. These careers are lucrative, in-demand, and provide a great quality of life, after only two years or less of education or training.
Through UpSkill Houston, you can learn more about these careers, their average annual earnings, and their educational or training requirements. Plus, you can trace the pathways to these opportunities from high school, community college, or an existing job.
An informed decision about post-secondary education or training can lead to a better career path, higher wages, and greater personal and professional satisfaction. So, check out our website and the resources it offers. Talk to your teachers, counselors, professors, and friends. Then make your move!
Houston is home to the largest medical complex in the world, which is one of the driving forces of the city’s economy.Visit Sector Page
Annual new construction spending in Houston is expected to climb to $14 billion by 2019 — and 88% of Texas contractors have trouble filling open jobs.Visit Sector Page
Over the next five years, new Port & Maritime jobs are expected to increase nearly 25% - and thousands more will come open due to retirements.Visit Sector Page
50% of all employment opportunities in the utilities sector do not require a four-year degree.Visit Sector Page
Houston is a world capital of the oil & gas industry with over 5,000 energy firms doing business in the region.Visit Sector Page
Houston is the top manufacturing city in the nation — with over 10,000 manufacturers that employ more than 250,000 workers.Visit Sector Page
With more than 250,000 workers and nearly $20 billion in projects under construction, Houston is one of the world’s leading petrochemical manufacturing centers.Visit Sector Page
Building Momentum: Full Report
Building Momentum Infographic
Building Momentum: Executive Summary
Addressing Houston’s Middle Skills Jobs Challenge
Preparing to Skill Up
Building the Talent Pipeline
What Are You Up For?
Do You Have What It Takes?
Prepare For Your Career
Career Roadmap: An Educator's Tool to Guiding Students
Career Roadmap: A Student's Guide to Career Readiness
Utilities Sector Overview
Port and Maritime Sector Overview
Petrochem Sector Overview
Oil and Gas Sector Overview
Healthcare Sector Overview
Construction Sector Overview
Advanced Manufacturing Sector Overview
The Texas OnCourse Curriculum Guide
The Guide to Federal Student Aid 2017–2018
Federal Student Aid at a Glance
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