Workforce Development

Choctaw Nation and the State of Oklahoma have the tools, resources, and business-friendly policies in place to help businesses hire a qualified workforce – and sustain it. Oklahomans are strong, friendly, and hardworking. The service providers and businesses work together – and regularly support new businesses.

The Pathway to Your Talent Pipeline

Choctaw Nation, Southern Workforce Investment Board, state higher education facilities, and the Kiamichi Career Tech systems work together to ensure business' will have access to a pipeline of talent to get started and keep going.

Customized Labor Market Analysis

Choctaw Nation provides demographic information, commuting patterns, unemployment data, and compatible and transferable skills from other occupations and their associated wages – along with additional data if needed to understand which labor market will be the best fit for a business.

Training for Industry Program

Whether a new or expanding company in Oklahoma, the nationally acclaimed Training for Industry Program can help create the quality workforce a business needs, all at little or no cost. The training is delivered through the Kiamichi Technology Center system's 10 campuses across the Choctaw Nation. Services provided include job analysis, training needs assessment, pre-employment training, pre-production training, post-production training, instructional materials and development, training supplies, and more.

Job Fairs and Hiring Events

When it's time to line up a workforce, Choctaw Nation can help businesses host job fairs and hiring events, providing both a space and manpower. These events are staffed by experienced job fair personnel who will organize and provide public outreach to promote the event. The Choctaw Nation Team provides assistance with applicant screening as well as resume or application collection. These events can be held in conjunction with other employers or customized for the business.

The largest areas of enrollment growth among STEM programs are: computer and information science – 35.2%, engineering – 34.9%, mathematics and statistics – 22.8% and agriculture and related sciences – 8.5%.

The State of Oklahoma's post-secondary institutions partner with industry to provide customized curriculum and workforce incentives.


Competitive Wages

Below are examples of median wages for occupations in the region, statewide, and nationally (Source: EMSI 19.2 Data Set).

Occupation Description Choctaw Nation State of Oklahoma United States
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers (11-3071) $34.32 $39.17 $48.43
Construction Managers (11-9021) $40.78 $38.91 $48.56
Accountants and Auditors (13-2011) $28.91 $33.89 $37.46
Software Developers, Applications, and Systems Software (15-1132) $32.90 $42.29 $51.30
Engineers (17-2) $42.68 $45.09 $47.31
Aerospace Engineers (17-2011) $41.82 $42.23 $55.43
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks (43-5061) $20.89 $23.21 $23.57
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks (43-5071) $15.04 $16.03 $16.12
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers (49-1011) $29.59 $31.19 $32.75
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal, and Plastic (51-4011) $15.91 $18.77 $19.72
Machinists (51-4041) $20.17 $21.20 $21.23
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121) $24.53 $21.36 $20.87
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators (53-7051) $16.50 $16.43 $17.00

Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers

Choctaw Nation: $34.32
Oklahoma: $39.17
Nationwide: $48.43

Construction Managers

Choctaw Nation: $40.78
Oklahoma: $38.91
Nationwide: $48.56

Accountants and Auditors

Choctaw Nation: $28.91
Oklahoma: $33.89
Nationwide: $37.46

Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software

Choctaw Nation: $32.90
Oklahoma: $42.29
Nationwide: $51.30


Choctaw Nation: $42.68
Oklahoma: $45.09
Nationwide: $47.31

Aerospace Engineers

Choctaw Nation: $41.82
Oklahoma: $21.18
Nationwide: $22.35

Production, Planning and Expediting Clerks

Choctaw Nation: $20.89
Oklahoma: $23.21
Nationwide: $23.57

Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks

Choctaw Nation: $15.04
Oklahoma: $16.03
Nationwide: $16.12

First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers

Choctaw Nation: $29.59
Oklahoma: $31.19
Nationwide: $32.75

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Choctaw Nation: $15.91
Oklahoma: $18.77
Nationwide: $19.72


Choctaw Nation: $20.17
Oklahoma: $21.20
Nationwide: $21.23

Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

Choctaw Nation: $24.53
Oklahoma: $21.36
Nationwide: $20.87

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Choctaw Nation: $16.50
Oklahoma: $16.43
Nationwide: $17.00

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