Career Launch

Discover Your Career Options

Many students wonder if college is worth it. The answer is….it depends.

Making a good choice from the start can lead to a better career, higher wages, and better personal satisfaction. Making a bad choice can lead to high college debt and difficulty landing a well-paying job.

Have you considered a skilled trades career?

What is a skilled trade, anyway? A skilled trade is defined as an in-demand job that requires some certification beyond a high school degree but does not require a four-year college degree.  Watch a video.

The Texas Workforce Commission reported in its Texas Growth Occupations 2016 Annual Report, that for key occupations, “local supply has at times struggled to keep up with demand.” They go on to report that the state’s construction industry is projected to grow by nearly twenty-eight percent between 2014 and 2024. Specifically, they explain that “the highest demand will be for specialty trade workers to fill positions such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters.”

What are the benefits of a career in a skilled profession?

  • Minimal to no college debt
  • Hands-on learning
  • Career longevity
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Path to small business ownership
  • Contribution to society

Watch a video about the benefits of a skilled trades career.  Learn even more in this report from the Texas Workforce Commission regarding occupations in growth industries.

To find more answers about career paths, visit the Jobs Y’all website with your specific career choices in mind. The Jobs Y’all website was developed in response to employer and industry feedback that the fast growing industries and occupations are not on the radar of young Texans who would benefit from understanding career opportunities and the education and training pathways needed to enter the workforce with the right skills. This website provides resources to help students, and their parents, teachers, counselors, and mentors explore top industries and develop career goals.

Some of these resources include:

The Round Rock Chamber is dedicated to educating community members on the need for better career pathways to in-demand jobs. The chamber has produced a multi-year workforce development strategy to ensure that there is an ample talent pool from which local businesses can pull. It is divided into four critical areas: replenishing the skilled trades; implementing accelerated learning opportunities; increasing direct-to-college enrollment; and supporting ancillary service capabilities. To read the complete Workforce Realization Occurring Cooperatively workforce strategy, click here.

What are some examples of skilled professions (i.e. skilled trades jobs)?