High Priority Occupations

The commonwealth's workforce development strategy targets education and training investments to High Priority Occupations, or HPOs. HPOs are used to identify workforce programs that provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter, maintain, or advance their careers.


HPOs are job categories that are in demand by employers, have evolving skill needs, and are likely to provide family-sustaining wages. They are occupations that generally require some amount of training but no more than a four-year college degree. Local HPOs were identified via a two-step process developed by the commonwealth's workforce development strategiests.


High Priority Occupations Information

CURRENT Northwest High Priority Occupations List
This list is valid from September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018.
Information on How to Submit HPO Petitions
This is the state's webpage dedicated to HPO Lists and Petitions. Please review this information carefully while preparing your petition.
NEW HPO Policy
April 2017. (Sample documentation included)

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