Southwest Region: Phase 1
As the nation moves forward in the 21st century, many challenges face the transportation industry; changing skills sets for current employees, large numbers of workers heading towards retirement, and the technological innovations that are changing the face of transportation itself will invariably cause gaps in the workforce pipeline.
In order to better serve and support the transportation workforce in the Southwest region, SWTWC performs labor market analyses to identify workforce and training needs for various transportation sectors. The SWTWC team uses those findings to empower a broad coalition of stakeholder groups, and design data-driven educational opportunities to find common cause for transportation workforce calls to action, industry and education initiatives, and related public awareness campaigns.
In 2015, through a combination of stakeholder input with historic, current, and future occupational estimates for transportation occupations, SWTWC’s Job Needs and Priorities: Phase 1 Southwest Region Report identified 13 regional priority occupations for future center workforce development efforts; including meaningful regional workforce discussions and initiatives.
The 13 Southwest priority occupations are as follows:
Based on industry assessment and the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Data, SWTWC looked at occupation growth and demand, expected graduates for the occupation, challenges in employee recruitment or retention, impact of new technology on job requirements, unique job functions, unique regional impact on job demand, and any alignment between the job and the region’s focus areas: gateways/corridors, non-native English speakers, probability of skills, and traffic management/ITS.
Using various labor market databases, SWTWC projected the following for the 13 priority occupations:
For further details on how SWTWC identified the region’s priority occupations, please refer to Phase One of the Job Needs and Priorities Report.
Phase Two of the Job Needs and Priorities Report forthcoming.