High Priority Occupations

High Priority Occupations

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Workforce System has established High Priority Occupations (HPOs) where more than $10 million in education and training dollars are targeted for investment in key occupations. These occupations are those in demand by employers, have higher skill needs, and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.

2017 – 2018 Philadelphia High Priority Occupation List

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released the 2017 High Priority Occupation Lists for workforce development areas.  These are valid from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

The Philadelphia County 2017 HPO list has 83 occupations to align with training:

2017-18 FINAL Philadelphia County HPO list

The Center for Workforce Information and Analysis posts information on HPO lists for all workforce development areas in Pennsylvania.

Statewide and regional HPO lists

2016 FINAL Lists  — Effective until August 31, 2017

  • Download the 2016-17 Final Philadelphia HPO list (PDF format) to learn about the wages, number of projected jobs and level of education needed for in-demand occupations in the Philadelphia region.
  • View and download statewide and regional HPO lists (Excel format) from the Commonwealth’s website.

    Philadelphia Works will accept emergency petitions to add occupations to the list if they are the result of:

    • new economic growth
    • emerging occupations
    • new demand by local industry clusters