The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Workforce System has established High Priority Occupations (HPOs) as 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.

  • Unmet employer demand for talent
  • Career Pathways
  • Local workforce initiatives/sector partnerships

Final list for 2022-2023 High Priority Occupations List

Employers; workforce, education, training, and economic development agencies, and members of the public requested that Philadelphia Works, Inc. petition for the inclusion of an occupation on the 2022-2023 Draft High Priority Occupations list for Philadelphia County from April 4, 2022 – May 1, 2022. Below is the final list for Philadelphia County.

View the final HPO List for Philadelphia County

Learn more about High Priority Occupations (HPOs) and the HPO Methodology: 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. View the PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) 2022-2023 final High Priority Occupations List (these lists are valid from August 1, 2022, through July 31, 2023).



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