According to the Texas Workforce Commission, both the state of Texas and the city of Houston have increased the number of available jobs over the past month. A report released last Friday states that the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metro area had an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent for August, down from 6.5 percent in July 2013 and down even further from August 2012’s rate of 6.9 percent. The state overall also improved, with its August 2013 unemployment rate falling to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent in July 2013 and 6.9 percent in August 2012. Both the Texas and the Houston rates are better than the national average, which has had held steady at 7.3 percent. These rate improvements are true for both seasonal adjustment and unadjusted numbers, which shows a strong future for the Houston job market.

For Houston job seekers, it is important to look at not only what our unemployment is being reduced to, but at what jobs will be the most in demand in the future and where the stability of employment will come from. Consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas recently conducted a study about the career fields that will have the most growth and opportunity for job seekers over the course of the next decade, and it came upon seven career choices that should experience large growth for people who are looking for a career change in the future.

The seven areas that will be looking for many new workers within the next decade are big data, research and development, veterinarians, medical technicians, athletic trainers/ physical therapists, sales/marketing, human factors engineers and ergonomics.

Especially in the Houston area, where youth sports are very popular and our large population and world-class medical center draw numerous people to receive care here, the medical technicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists will be in high demand in Houston in the coming years.

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at


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