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. The 38 occupations are projected to offer an average of 1,655 job openings per year through the year 2024. Over 77% 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 23% are high-skilled occupations that require a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

Targeted Occupations South Plains Regional Workforce Development Area
 OccupationAnnual Average Employment 2014Annual Average Employment 2024Number Change 2014-2024Percent Growth 2014-2024Total Annual Average OpeningsTypical Education Needed for Entry into OccupationAnnual Wage 2016
1Computer Systems Analysts1902506031.60%5Bachelor's degree$69,073
2Information Security Analysts40501025.00%0Bachelor's degree$61,569
3Software Developers, Applications1702104023.50%5Bachelor's degree$64,896
4Software Developers, Systems Software1001303030.00%5Bachelor's degree$67,319
5Web Developers60802033.30%0Associate's degree$49,371
6Database Administrators1301603023.10%10Bachelor's degree$69,732
7Computer User Support Specialists80097017021.30%25Postsecondary non-degree award$39,226
8Elementary School Teachers2,5402,85031012.20%85Bachelor's degree$46,793
9Middle School Teachers1,2401,39015012.10%40Bachelor's degree$47,006
10Secondary School Teachers1,9302,16023011.90%70Bachelor's degree$49,161
11Respiratory Therapists2102605023.80%10Associate's degree$51,054
12Registered Nurses4,0105,0501,04025.90%200Bachelor's degree$64,423
13Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians2102706028.60%10Associate's degree$34,188
14Radiologic Technologists3704407018.90%10Associate's degree$50,638
15Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics47057010021.30%20Postsecondary non-degree award$35,201
16Pharmacy Technicians51062011021.60%15Postsecondary non-degree award$30,292
17Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses1,7702,12035019.80%85Postsecondary non-degree award$43,595
18Medical Records & Health Information Technicians3104009029.00%15Postsecondary non-degree award$34,800
19Dental Assistants38048010026.30%20Postsecondary non-degree award$33,309
20Medical Assistants8901,18029032.60%50Postsecondary non-degree award$26,359
21Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers9801,14016016.30%45Postsecondary non-degree award$53,875
22First-Line Supervisors: Food Preparation & Serving Workers1,6502,04039023.60%90Postsecondary non-degree award$33,405
23Customer Service Representatives2,4102,84043017.80%105Postsecondary non-degree award$30,132
24Medical Secretaries1,1801,54036030.50%45Postsecondary non-degree award$29,353
25Secretaries & Admin Assistants3,2703,62035010.70%70Postsecondary non-degree award$30,083
26First-Line Supervisors: Construction Trades/Extraction Workers900950505.60%10Postsecondary non-degree award$64,815
27Electricians80098018022.50%30Postsecondary non-degree award$39,495
28Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters59071012020.30%20Postsecondary non-degree award$40,866
29Auto Service Technicians & Mechanics9701,09012012.40%35Postsecondary non-degree award$38,698
30Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists3404006017.60%10Postsecondary non-degree award$40,730
31Farm Equipment Mechanics & Service Technicians2202503013.60%10High school diploma or equivalent$39,211
32Heating, AC, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers51064013025.50%25Postsecondary non-degree award$44,620
33Industrial Machinery Mechanics54066012022.20%25Postsecondary non-degree award$49,913
34Maintenance & Repair Workers, General2,2802,72044019.30%105Postsecondary non-degree award$34,292
35Wind Turbine Service Technicians*1,3703,1401,770129.20%195Postsecondary non-degree award$53,648
36Machinists2402703012.50%5Postsecondary non-degree award$35,584
37Welders, Cutters, Solderers, & Brazers590610203.40%20Postsecondary non-degree award$36,838
38Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4,2004,81061014.50%130Postsecondary non-degree award$40,470


*Occupation new to the South Plains WDA – employment projections are based on statewide data.

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