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Below is a collection of resources and tools used frequently for research, analysis or educational purposes. 

Target Occupations

The list identifies the region's fastest growing regional occupations and the associated training available through Workforce Solutions.

Texas Labor Market and Career Information Department of the Texas Workforce Commission (LMCI)

Provides statistics and analyses on the dynamics of the Texas labor market and informational products designed to support informed educational and career decisions. Other tools by LMCI:

  • Texas Career Check- Assess interests; explore job and education options.
  • Reality Check- Evaluate the cost of lifestyle choices; check out jobs and education requirements to support those choices.
  • AutoCoder- Convert job descriptions, applications, resumes, other text to occupational titles; link to online job postings; and more.
  • Texas Occupational Wages- Pay data for over 800 jobs by region in Texas and Lower Rio Valley WDA. 
  • Texas CREWS- Education outcomes; jobs, earnings, debt by major and public college.


Texas Industry Profiles

Provides industry-based information and regional analysis tools to assist local workforce and economic development professionals to better understand, clearly describe, Texas regional industry structure and workforce dynamics.

Occupation Search O*NET OnLine

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. This is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for the Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and 

American Fact Finder by U.S. Census Bureau

This tool is the primary way to access data from the Decennial Census, the American students looking to find or change careers.Community Survey, the Puerto Rico Community Survey, the Economic Census, the Population Estimates Program and Annual Economic Surveys.

Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor

This tool is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the Board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students.

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

This is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education in the state of Texas. TEA is charged with overseeing the requirements and foundations of public education for Texas public school students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12. Through curriculum, assessment, accountability, continuing education, funding, statewide initiatives and with research and policy planning, TEA provides leadership to help local school districts achieve high levels of student performance.

TPEIR Texas Education Reports

TPEIR is a joint, cross-agency project managed by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Regional Education Initiative RGV FOCUS

In 2012, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Collective Impact initiative, now RGV FOCUS, launched to transform college readiness, access, and success across the four-county region. Initially founded by a group of district superintendents and higher education presidents, the collaborative has grown to include educators, nonprofits, community groups, funders, and business and civic leaders dedicated to making major, systemic improvements to educational and career attainment in the RGV.

RGV Linking Economic and Academic Development

RGV LEAD is a partnership between education and business that prepares young people for today's skilled workforce. This partnership involves high schools, colleges and universities, large and small businesses, governmental agencies -- all working together!

Rio South Texas Economic Council

The Rio South Texas area represents two countries, one region, with many excellent choices for global companies seeking access to markets in Mexico and the United States. The Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) is a public and private association of economic development interests within the four southernmost Texas counties—Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy—formed to enhance knowledge of the area’s many assets; to foster the growth of the local economy; and to enhance the area’s competitiveness in order to attract capital investment and jobs.

Health Professions Resource Center (HPRC)

The primary source of health workforce information in the State of Texas. The Health Professions Resource Center was established in 1989 (Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapters 104/ 105). It was transferred from the Texas Department of Health to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council in 1997. Administrative oversight is provided by the Center for Health Statistics, Texas Department of State Health Services.

U.S. Cluster Mapping Project

Is a national economic initiative that provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments in the United States to promote economic growth and national competitiveness. The project is led by Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Economic Modeling System

Using labor market data to connect and inform people, education, and business. This is a tool that Workforce Solutions use to obtain recent and accurate data for studies or analysis.