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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.

2017 HPOs

Draft 2017 HPO Lists
These lists are provided for review. Please submit petitions to add occupations to these lists by July 12th. Final 2017 HPO lists will be released September 1, 2017.

New HPO Policy
Explanation of the updated HPO process and how educational institutions and local Workforce Development Boards can submit documentation to have an occupation added to their local HPO list.

2017 HPO Petition Form
Access the updated online HPO petition form, which can be used during the annual petition submission period in the spring or for emergency petitions throughout the year. In most cases, additional documentation is required.

Sample documentation for Employer Demand Petition
Sample documentation for Career Pathway Petition
Sample documentation for Sector Partnership Petition

Please consult the New HPO Policy document above for specific requirements.

2016 HPOs

Current Statewide and Regional Lists
These lists are valid from September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017.

HPO Policy
Explanation of the HPO process and how educational institutions and local Workforce Development Boards can submit documentation to have an occupation added to their local HPO list.

The Pennsylvania CIP-SOC Crosswalk
View the most current version of the crosswalk file that aligns training programs (classified by CIP codes) and occupations (classified by SOC codes). This information is used to determine the eligibility of educational programs for workforce development training monies. Pennsylvania's CIP-SOC crosswalk has been and will continue to be modified from the national version based on input from various educational facilities and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

An Introduction to High Priority Occupations
View this PowerPoint tutorial to learn basic information about Pennsylvania's HPO process.

If you require Accessible versions of documents on this site and no alternate versions are available, 
please call 1-877-493-3282 or send a request to workforceinfo@pa.gov.