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Targeted Occupations

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds are used to fund the cost of training
that prepares individuals to work in occupations that are critical to the growth and
competitiveness of the targeted industries. Training is funded through Individual Training
Accounts to assist with the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other training-related costs.

Occupations selected for targeting meet the following criteria:

  • The occupation is a key occupation that supports at least one of the targeted industries.
  • The entry-level wage is greater than the Board’s Self-Sufficiency Wage (SSW) Standard.
  • The occupation will add more than 100 jobs between 2014 and 2024.
  • The occupation will grow at a rate of 10% or more between 2014 and 2024.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that formal training is needed to enter the occupation.


Exceptions may be made in cases where sufficient data does not exist to support targeting but
input from employers or other relevant sources establishes that training funds are needed to
address a significant skills shortage or skills gap.

Based on a review of labor market information the following occupations are targeted for WIOA
expenditures for Program Year 2017, from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. The 38
occupations are projected to offer an average of 1,765 job openings per year through the year
2024. Over 65% of job openings are projected to be middle-skilled occupations requiring
education beyond a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s Degree. The remaining 35%
are high-skilled occupations that require a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

PY 2017 Targeted Occupations South Plains Regional Workforce Development Area
Occupational TitleAnnual Average Employment 2014Annual Average Employment 2014Percent Growth 2014-2024Number Change 2014-2024Total Annual Average Openings*Typical Education Needed for Entry into OccupationAverage
Annual Wage 2015
Accountants & Auditors1,3501,60018.5%25060Bachelor's degree$67,484
Auto Service Technicians & Mechanics9701,09012.4%12035Postsecondary non-degree award$41,434
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists34040017.6%6010Postsecondary non-degree award$39,560
Computer Programmers3803902.6%1010Bachelor's degree$59,120
Computer User Support Specialists80097021.3%17025Postsecondary non-degree award$38,976
Construction Managers7708307.8%6015Bachelor's degree$75,834
Customer Service Representatives2,4102,84017.8%430105Postsecondary non-degree award$29,300
Dental Assistants
38048026.3%10020Postsecondary non-degree award$31,975
Electricians80098022.5%18030Postsecondary non-degree award$37,132
Elementary School Teachers2,5402,85012.2%31085Bachelor's degree$46,095
Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics47057021.3%10020Postsecondary non-degree award$31,652
Farm Equipment Mechanics & Service Technicians22025013.6%3010Postsecondary non-degree award$37,052
Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers7,9807,820-2.0%-160135Bachelor's Degree$44,200
Food Service Managers30033010.0%3010Bachelor's Degree$71,312
General & Operations Managers2,6103,03016.1%420105Bachelor's Degree$107,450
Heating, AC, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers51064025.5%13025Postsecondary non-degree award$39,918
Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4,2004,81014.5%610130Postsecondary non-degree award$43,042
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
54066022.2%12025Postsecondary non-degree award$48,615
Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses1,7702,12019.8%35085Postsecondary non-degree award$42,516
Machinists24027012.5%305Postsecondary non-degree award$34,640
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General2,2802,72019.3%440105Postsecondary non-degree award$31,440
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists19023021.1%4010Bachelor's degree$57,329
Medical Assistants8901,18032.6%29050Postsecondary non-degree award$25,324
Medical Records & Health Information Technicians31040029.0%9015Postsecondary non-degree award$32,797
Medical Secretaries1,1801,54030.5%36045Postsecondary non-degree award$27,619
Middle School Teachers1,2401,39012.1%15040Bachelor's degree$45,908
Network & Computer Systems Administrators31035012.9%4010Bachelor's degree$66,593
Pharmacy Technicians51062021.6%11015Postsecondary non-degree award$29,164
Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters59071020.3%12020Postsecondary non-degree award$43,719
Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers9801,14016.3%16045Postsecondary non-degree award$52,706
Preschool Teachers, Ex. Special Education44051015.9%7020Associate's degree$27,964
Radiologic Technologists37044018.9%7010Associate's degree$51,082
Registered Nurses4,0105,05025.9%1,040200Associate's degree$61,270
Respiratory Therapists21026023.8%5010Associate's degree$50,196
Sales Representatives, Wholesale/Manufacturing1,8102,10016.0%29065Bachelor's Degree$63,750
Secondary School Teachers1,9302,1611.9%23070Bachelor's degree$48,267
Secretaries & Admin Assistants3,2703,62010.7%35070Postsecondary non-degree award$28,373
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, & Brazers5906103.4%2020Postsecondary non-degree award$34,964


*Total includes both growth and replacement needs.