Texas’ Top Jobs

Top Ten Occupations in Texas by Education Level Based on 2010 Employment

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.

Postsecondary Vocational Award/Certificate

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
101,221
2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
67,660
3
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
44,681
4
Medical secretaries
35,758
5
Preschool teachers, except special education
31,853
6
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
23,021
7
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
18,556
8
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
15,709
9
Real estate sales agents
15,119
10
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
14,274

Associate’s Degree

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
Registered nurses
171,527
2
Computer support specialists
44,456
3
Paralegals and legal assistants
16,278
4
Radiologic technologists and technicians
14,883
5
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians
14,629
6
Medical records and health information technicians
13,579
7
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians
12,515
8
Civil engineering technicians
12,041
9
Dental hygienists
10,945
10
Respiratory therapists
9,263

Bachelor’s Degree

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
Elementary school teachers, except special education
156,476
2
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education
101,164
3
Accountants and auditors
84,276
4
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education
77,998
5
Business operation specialists, all other
59,583
6
Teachers and instructors, all other
47,647
7
Computer systems analysts
44,427
8
Computer software engineers, systems software
34,394
9
Computer software engineers, applications
33,545
10
Computer programmers
30,477

Degree Plus Work Experience

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
General and operations managers
148,431
2
Management analysts
38,071
3
Financial managers
27,704
4
Administrative services managers
24,517
5
Sales managers
20,843
6
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school
20,565
7
Medical and health services managers
20,038
8
Computer and information systems managers
17,651
9
Chief executives
14,077
10
Engineering managers
11,701

Master’s Degree

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
Educational, vocational, and school counselors
22,799
2
Physical therapists
11,560
3
Librarians
11,070
4
Instructional coordinators
11,069
5
Speech-language pathologists
10,126
6
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers
9,396
7
Occupational therapists
7,318
8
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health
7,173
9
Operations research analysts
6,341
10
Counselors, all other
6,240

First Professional Degree

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
Physicians and surgeons
37,399
2
Lawyers
31,704
3
Pharmacists
20,512
4
Dentists, general
5,095
5
Veterinarians
3,853
6
Optometrists
1,716
7
Chiropractors
1,343
8
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
693
9
Podiatrists
568
10
Audiologists
533

Doctoral Degree

Based on Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. data, only nine occupations were listed with doctoral degree requirements.

Rank
Occupation Description
Number of Jobs
1
Postsecondary teachers
107,590
2
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists
5,245
3
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists
4,362
4
Computer and information scientists, research
1,429
5
Biochemists and biophysicists
676
6
Physicists
645
7
Microbiologists
586
8
Astronomers
195
9
Mathematicians
89

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.

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