Emerging and Evolving Occupations
are those whose requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities are not defined by occupations in current occupational coding
structures (i.e., Standard Occupational Classification) or career planning guides. Basically, these are new occupations in the workforce:
new titles with new skills
. A good example is Wind Technician
are those already listed in the current occupational coding structures and career planning guides, but the requisite
knowledge, skills, and abilities of the occupation have changed significantly from ones outlined in those publications. Simply put, these are traditional occupations whose knowledge,
skills, and abilities have changed or evolved: old titles with new skills
. An example would be
Environmental Engineering Technicians
The New and Emerging Occupations of the 21st Century: Updating
the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy
provides a good starting point for information on new and emerging occupations. The list found through this link is to raise awareness of certain
new and emerging occupations at the national level, however, there currently are no data available to determine if there are significant job openings in Texas.
"Green New and Emerging Occupations"
The impact of the green economy on occupations can be significant in some cases requiring new skills and credentials leading to the creation of new occupations. A new study
Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations
provides information on the impact of the green economy on existing occupations but also provides a list of new and emerging
occupations (Appendix F). Note: there currently are no data available to determine if there are significant job openings in these occupations in Texas.