Middle Skills Matter to Greater Houston
Whether you're entering the workforce for the first time or are looking for a change, choosing a career can be intimidating. It's a big decision that depends on many factors. The process begins with self-evaluation—considering your needs, goals, personality, and interests.
The good news is that there are many paths to good-paying careers that offer stability, opportunities for growth, and a great quality of life—careers with prominent Houston-area companies. And, success does not require a four-year college degree.
Throughout Houston, thousands of openings exist in seven industries experiencing steady expansion and widely considered drivers of the regional economy. Many of these employers offer work-based learning through apprenticeship programs. Others are looking for candidates with two-year technical degrees and often will pay for required courses. These careers are lucrative, in-demand, and provide a great quality of life, after only two years or less of education or training.
Through UpSkill Houston, you can learn more about these careers, their average annual earnings, and their educational or training requirements. Plus, you can trace the pathways to these opportunities from high school, community college, or an existing job.
An informed decision about post-secondary education or training can lead to a better career path, higher wages, and greater personal and professional satisfaction. So, check out our website and the resources it offers. Talk to your teachers, counselors, professors, and friends. Then make your move!
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
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
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
Members of UpSkill Houston's executive committee discuss the value of collaborating with entities across industry and economic sector lines, as well as with traditional competitors, and how this collaboration has driven real change within their organizations and industries.
TWC Workforce Development Division Director Courtney Arbour and TWC Employer Initiatives Interim Director Dale A. Robertson discuss funding available for skills development training programs and for individuals who want to enhance their skills.
Recorded on July 9, 2020.
Gulf Coast Workforce Board Principal Economist Parker Harvey returns as an UpSkill Works Forum guest to share insights into the most recent labor market data for the Greater Houston region. UpSkill Houston's Peter Beard hosts the conversation.
Recorded on June 25, 2020.
UpSkill Houston's Peter Beard hosts an UpSkill Works Forum conversation around remote and micro-internships. Guests include Katherine Taylor, executive director of Genesys Works Houston, and Jeffrey Moss, founder and CEO of Parker Dewey, LLC.
Recorded on May 28, 2020.
UpSkill Houston's Peter Beard hosts an UpSkill Works Forum conversation around the skills that drive success. Guests include Greg Hambrick, co-founder and CEO of Fast Forward Works; Dr. Fred Oswald, professor and director of graduate studies of Rice University School of Social Sciences; and Mandy Williams, managing partner, aka "Black," of RED+BLACK.
Recorded on May 6, 2020.
UpSkill Houston's Peter Beard and Gulf Coast Workforce Board Principal Economist Parker Harvey discuss the changing labor market due to COVID-19 along with current and future workforce challenges. The conversation marked the beginning of UpSkill Houston's UpSkill Works Forum Series.
Recorded on April 30, 2020.
Middle Skills Matter to Greater Houston
Building Momentum: Executive Summary
Building Momentum: Full Report
Building Momentum Infographic
Addressing Houston’s Middle Skills Jobs Challenge
Preparing to Skill Up
Building the Talent Pipeline
What Are You Up For?
Do You Have What It Takes?
Prepare For Your Career
Career Roadmap: An Educator's Tool to Guiding Students
Career Roadmap: A Student's Guide to Career Readiness
Utilities Sector Overview
Port and Maritime Sector Overview
Petrochem Sector Overview
Oil and Gas Sector Overview
Healthcare Sector Overview
Construction Sector Overview
Advanced Manufacturing Sector Overview
The Texas OnCourse Curriculum Guide
The Guide to Federal Student Aid 2017–2018
Federal Student Aid at a Glance
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This Occupational Research tool allows you to use a keyword or menu search to find an occupation. Find detailed information on wages, employment trends, skills needed and training opportunities.
Not sure how to handle your finances and student aid (grants, scholarships, loans, work-study) while you’re in school? Learn how budgeting can help you manage your finances so you can complete your program of study and earn your certificate or degree.
Need Help? Dial 2-1-1. A free helpline operated by United Way of Greater Houston 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in many languages. Whether you need help finding child care, food stamps, care for an aging parent or a haven from domestic violence, 2-1-1 is the number to call when you don't know who to call. United Way’s trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services.
Discover career opportunities in the mechanical trades of plumbing, pipe fitting, welding and HVAC service. Interested candidates will be linked to the various local apprentice training programs in Houston. What’s best: these programs are all "earn while you learn" opportunities.
Are you a veteran? When you’re ready for a new opportunity, we’ve got your 6. Launch your civilian career with one of Houston’s top companies—we’ll help you find the right place for your skills and experience, and provide you with a mentor to make the transition easier.
Are you a veteran? Combined Arms coordinates more than 140 unique resources and scores of non-profit organizations and government agencies. Through their system, veterans and service members can quickly get connected to the services that they need to succeed and grow in Houston. Create a profile today!
Understanding yourself is critical when choosing or changing your career. Don’t worry: You don’t need to go on some soul-searching walkabout to understand your strengths, interests, emotional intelligence, values, personality traits, and motivations more fully. There are free online self-assessment tools you can use instead.
Starting high school and picking classes can be overwhelming and confusing. Right?! But don't freak out! MapMyGrad is here to help you follow what you love, set your path, and get you ready to graduate in a few easy steps. Learn more about the Texas Grad Plan and how it works on their individual high school campus.