According to national data provider, EMSI, jobs in Texas’s rural capital area are projected to be on the rise in 2017. The highest single area for employment opportunities is in geology, which is expected to see a 26 percent growth in employment over the next five years.
Geology is also among the occupation clusters with a high concentration (high location quotient), when compared to the rest of the United States. This bodes well for anyone looking to start a geology career in the Austin area.
Education came in second behind geology with an expected 20 percent rise in employment over the next five years. Other areas of employment that should expect to see a rise in jobs include construction, computer and personal services. The projection finds that nearly all occupation clusters in the Austin area are on the rise, with total employment forecasted to grow 4.3 percent this year.
Social Sciences came through as the highest cluster in the region, with jobs projected to go up 5.5 percent in 2017. Other high risers include engineering, social sciences, legal, health support, healthcare, and math.
While other areas like office administration and retail and food services will create the most overall jobs in the next five years, geology has the highest percentage of growth. So if you’re looking to begin a career as a geologist, or need to seek employment, keep an eye on the emerging job market in in the greater Austin, Texas area.