WHAT IS UPSKILL HOUSTON?
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
Port and Maritime
PORT AND MARITIME
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
Oil and Gas
OIL AND GAS
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
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Get a great career without a four year degree
Did you know that going to a four-year college isn't the only way to land a good job and build a successful career? There are thousands of jobs available in the Houston area that only require some post-high school training but far less than a bachelor's degree.
UpSkill Houston joins businesses, educators and nonprofits to raise awareness of the great “new collar” jobs available across the region and provide our workforce with the skills needed to succeed. The initiative focuses on the critical jobs that are key to the current and future growth of Houston’s economy.
New Collar Jobs
New collar jobs are those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. New collar jobs are not dirty jobs. Technology has given many a makeover, leaving them worlds away from the old assembly line. As the baby boom generation begins to retire, more mid-level and executive positions will open, creating tremendous advancement potential for those in the pipeline.
- Nearly 40% (1.4 million) Houston jobs are new collar jobs.
- Over the next five years, nearly 75,000 such jobs will open each year.
- Nearly 40% of these jobs pay at least $40,000 a year.
In addition to technical skills, employers say some of the most critical factors in hiring is whether applicants have solid “employability skills.” Across the board, employers said any job seeker must:
- Pass a drug test
- Show up on time
- Work well in a team
- Understand how to solve problems
- Focus on safety