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Texas Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Texas Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Texas, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary 2006Local Jobs 2006Local Popularity Index
1Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators$24,98024013.1
2Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators$37,13567011.1
3Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining$35,4604,5609.1
4Petroleum engineers$97,2506,4708.8
5Roustabouts, oil and gas$25,5319,3608.2
6Extraction workers$35,4101,0308.2
7Geological and petroleum technicians$44,6152,8608.0
8Rotary drill operators, oil and gas$40,6682,9307.4
9Derrick operators, oil and gas$35,6302,1507.0
10Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers$48,29511,2207.0
11Animal scientists$44,8151006.9
12Helpers--extraction workers$24,7803,1505.7
13Gas plant operators$48,9004605.7
14Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers$88,3558605.1
15Entertainment attendants and related workers$16,2424,7605.0
16Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers$45,9101,0004.6
17Chemical plant and system operators$53,0049,4204.6
18Anesthesiologists$175,4802,3604.5
19Marine engineers and naval architects$82,7501,0304.4
20Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers$83,8686,6204.3
21Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers$44,0904503.8
22Semiconductor processors$31,5955,5603.8
23Patternmakers, metal and plastic$24,2953603.7
24Craft artists$23,7701603.5
25Musical instrument repairers and tuners$30,1402903.2
26Insulation workers, mechanical$32,1761,5503.1
27Reinforcing iron and rebar workers$25,5423,1302.9
28Counselors$48,2382,7802.9
29Shoe and leather workers and repairers$20,4704402.9
30Personal and home care aides$13,39891,2902.9
31Rail car repairers$34,7005802.8
32Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door$36,4223,4202.8
33Athletes and sports competitors$51,7701,0202.6
34Transportation inspectors$47,8742,0402.5
35Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders$21,8553,3502.4
36Audio-visual collections specialists$38,7685802.3
37Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$21,6489,5402.3
38Chemical engineers$80,7813,2402.3
39Chemical equipment operators and tenders$41,3404,6902.3
40Lay-out workers, metal and plastic$28,7976602.2
41Airfield operations specialists$41,7502302.1
42Health diagnosing and treating practitioners$110,6235,4202.0
43Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$24,4952,1102.0
44Respiratory therapy technicians$36,8201,8102.0
45Boilermakers$41,3151,0802.0
46Civil engineering technicians$33,65711,0202.0
47Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment$39,8365002.0
48Materials scientists$83,1633402.0
49Environmental science and protection technicians, including health$36,9403,1402.0
50Engineering teachers, postsecondary$91,0561,2902.0
51Aircraft mechanics and service technicians$44,76610,2801.9
52Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics$28,5921,3201.9
53Helpers--electricians$21,3309,5001.9
54Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers$35,0975,7301.9
55Set and exhibit designers$41,7105901.9
56Bookbinders$42,9401501.9
57Interpreters and translators$39,0732,8201.9
58Occupational health and safety technicians$46,2155101.8
59Teachers and instructors$19,85948,9601.8
60Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders$29,5881,2501.8
61Materials engineers$70,4701,5001.8
62Funeral directors$42,5001,1501.8
63Vocational education teachers, middle school$45,0817901.8
64First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers$39,1411,8101.7
65Industrial engineering technicians$49,6456,1901.7
66Electro-mechanical technicians$47,0081,0101.7
67Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders$20,3331,3801.7
68Structural iron and steel workers$29,6665,8901.7
69Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$28,07733,2001.7
70Cargo and freight agents$34,2066,6401.7
71Vocational education teachers, secondary school$43,7686,3301.7
72Public address system and other announcers$26,8545301.6
73Fiberglass laminators and fabricators$23,6851,2101.6
74Ship engineers$48,4907001.6
75Conveyor operators and tenders$24,0012,5501.6
76Private detectives and investigators$35,2951,7101.6
77Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers$29,2182,3401.6
78Loan counselors$33,2241,9901.6
79Structural metal fabricators and fitters$27,4867,9501.6
80Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall$28,8502,0601.6
81Bicycle repairers$21,5801501.6
82Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education$40,83255,6401.6
83Power plant operators$50,3921,2901.6
84Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers$28,2804301.6
85Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers$33,4329901.6
86Mechanical drafters$42,3066,6401.6
87Meter readers, utilities$25,5402,8501.6
88Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators$27,1284,4901.6
89Pediatricians, general$138,4301,6301.6
90Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping$24,1646,6101.6
91Health specialties teachers, postsecondary$85,0664,5101.6
92Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials$15,4157,0901.6
93Correctional officers and jailers$29,72022,5501.5
94Crane and tower operators$32,4033,3001.5
95Tank car, truck, and ship loaders$38,1337001.5
96Logisticians$59,0034,6301.5
97Interviewers, except eligibility and loan$26,82818,2101.5
98Pile-driver operators$37,3601701.5
99Dancers(varies)8001.5
100Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food$13,707220,2301.5

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Texas

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Texas are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs 2006Mean Local Salary 2006Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons304,980$20,5741.1
2Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food220,230$13,7071.5
3Cashiers219,920$15,5081.0
4Office clerks, general164,960$20,0890.8
5Customer service representatives161,680$23,9571.1
6Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand161,070$18,6011.1
7Waiters and waitresses144,240$13,6661.0
8General and operations managers143,020$80,7481.3
9Registered nurses135,920$52,1780.9
10Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive135,500$22,9131.2
11Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners126,600$16,9000.9
12Executive secretaries and administrative assistants124,620$31,8681.3
13Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks114,480$26,1331.0
14Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer104,630$30,5071.1
15First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers104,520$39,3361.1
16Elementary school teachers, except special education100,750$40,5901.2
17Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products94,850$45,7001.0
18Personal and home care aides91,290$13,3982.9
19Stock clerks and order fillers90,250$20,1290.8
20Construction laborers87,860$19,3171.4
21Maintenance and repair workers, general87,060$25,3871.1
22First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers82,700$34,8531.2
23Receptionists and information clerks74,380$19,2421.0
24Accountants and auditors73,580$51,4961.0
25Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants72,810$18,6580.9
26Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education67,450$42,5671.2
27Teacher assistants67,050$16,4880.9
28First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers65,930$23,3051.4
29Security guards64,990$20,3740.9
30Truck drivers, light or delivery services62,240$24,3621.0
31Maids and housekeeping cleaners59,530$14,4721.1
32Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education55,640$40,8321.6
33Business operations specialists54,540$53,1560.9
34Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses53,080$33,2121.2
35Team assemblers51,440$22,4480.7
36Landscaping and groundskeeping workers51,390$18,1610.9
37Cooks, restaurant50,850$17,1941.0
38Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks49,620$22,8121.0
39Teachers and instructors48,960$19,8591.8
40First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers46,710$45,9791.1
41Police and sheriff's patrol officers41,840$39,8501.3
42Industrial truck and tractor operators39,080$23,8901.0
43Computer systems analysts38,960$61,0881.1
44Automotive service technicians and mechanics38,360$30,9020.9
45Electricians38,040$36,2501.0
46Home health aides37,200$15,5200.9
47Packers and packagers, hand36,790$17,2770.7
48Tellers36,290$19,8571.0
49First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers34,600$45,1081.0
50First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers34,420$47,7411.2
51Billing and posting clerks and machine operators34,120$24,2511.0
52Lawyers33,430$97,1430.9
53Computer support specialists33,400$36,4781.0
54Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers33,200$28,0771.7
55Bill and account collectors32,670$24,9781.1
56Medical assistants32,550$21,2861.3
57Carpenters31,450$27,9300.5
58Child care workers30,740$14,1510.9
59Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers30,550$31,4781.0
60Counter and rental clerks30,420$21,2661.0
61Food preparation workers29,780$15,2700.5
62Computer programmers29,430$59,8861.1
63Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers28,440$13,4201.1
64Management analysts27,840$57,6630.9
65Cleaners of vehicles and equipment27,400$16,9181.3
66Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop26,930$14,0880.8
67Sales representatives, services26,770$45,2090.9
68Financial managers26,590$75,9940.8
69First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers26,170$57,7191.3
70Dishwashers26,140$13,5400.8
71Bus drivers, school25,580$19,0891.0
72Driver/sales workers25,410$20,5861.0
73Computer software engineers, applications24,930$70,7350.8
74Machinists23,990$30,9651.1
75Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators23,530$27,8491.1
76Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters23,300$33,2480.8
77Cooks, institution and cafeteria23,150$17,4211.1
78Cooks, fast food22,780$14,2350.6
79Correctional officers and jailers22,550$29,7201.5
80Helpers--production workers22,510$18,2950.8
81Preschool teachers, except special education22,210$22,1611.0
82Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders22,180$20,4160.9
83Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products21,840$57,3610.9
84Administrative services managers21,460$63,7721.3
85Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop20,970$13,6120.9
86Bartenders20,900$14,6280.7
87Data entry keyers20,630$21,8281.0
88Sales managers20,110$80,6140.9
89Parts salespersons19,990$26,2651.4
90Network and computer systems administrators19,690$51,2961.0
91Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists19,570$20,9380.9
92Pharmacy technicians19,430$25,2111.1
93Postal service mail carriers19,410$44,3660.9
94Production, planning, and expediting clerks19,040$35,2501.0
95Interviewers, except eligibility and loan18,210$26,8281.5
96Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers18,140$32,0671.2
97Telemarketers18,000$20,4630.8
98All other information and record clerks17,880$30,1890.9
99Construction managers17,440$57,6391.3
100Industrial machinery mechanics17,250$36,4121.3

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