High Priority Occupations

High Priority Occupations (HPOs) are one component of Pennsylvania's industry-driven approach to workforce development. The purpose of the HPO lists is to align workforce training and education investments with occupations that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family sustaining wages. Combining statistical data with regional expert input allow for a complete picture of the actual workforce needs of the commonwealth. 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.


High Priority Occupations Information

CURRENT Northwest High Priority Occupations List
This list is valid from August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020
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.
Current HPO Methodology
April 2019. (Sample documentation included)
In-Demand Occupations List 08/01/18.

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