Why Houston should be your top move for oil and gas jobs

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Posting date: 27 February 2024



Coined the Energy Capital of the World, Houston is positioned as one of the most influential oil clusters in the developed world.


Houston’s prime position in the industry isn’t a new phenomenon, either:

Spindletop started gushing oil in 1901, an event quickly followed by the invention and patenting of the rotary bit by Howard Hughes in 1909. 1914 saw the opening of the Houston Ship Channel to transport production supplies into—and crude oil out of—Texas.

Since then, oil and gas jobs have been Houston’s bread and butter and the city’s infrastructure continues to evolve to support the petrochemical industry.

According to Houston.org, today the city:

  • Is home to 44 out of 113 of America’s publicly traded oil and gas firms
  • Employs close to a quarter of a million energy professionals
  • Plays host to over 1,100 oilfield service companies
  • Processes more than 2 million barrels of crude oil daily, making it one of the biggest producers worldwide
  • Is a hub for all segments of the industry, from exploration to marketing

Houston serves as a powerful oil and gas network, with some of the industry’s most influential players plying their trade within the city limits.


As an oil and gas professional, you’ll undoubtedly have Texas on your radar—but have you considered the benefits of pursuing an oil and gas job in Houston?

Notable benefits of an oil and gas job in Houston:

Networking

What with the world’s most established oil and gas companies calling Houston home, the city offers limitless potential for networking.


On a daily basis, you’ll find oil and gas industry events, conferences, and symposiums that attract industry professionals from around the globe.


In effect, you’re more likely to rub shoulders with top-shelf oil and gas professionals here than most other places worldwide. What’s more, many key decision-makers in the global petrochemical industry are based in Houston, making it an ideal location to find investors.

Plentiful job vacancies

Seeking an oil and gas job in Houston all but guarantees you won’t be left short of opportunities. Why? Because Houston is home to the world’s most noteworthy oil and gas employers.

So, ‘What are the largest oil companies in Houston?’, you might ask:

Global powerhouses like Shell, ExxonMobil, Texaco, and BP operate alongside scads of independent companies.

We all know that oil and gas careers are diverse, to say the least; but whatever sector of the industry you’re working in, Houston presents opportunities—whether in refineries, extraction, the fabrication of metals for the upstream sector, or marketing.

Professional growth

Because of the scale of Houston’s oil and gas hub, you’ll find there are myriad opportunities to land quality roles, climb up promotion pathways, and engage in upskilling and training to expand your professional capacities and ensure your ongoing success in the oil and gas industry.

Accessibility

Houston continues to be one of the best-equipped travel hubs in the US, with a major airport serving connecting flights both domestically and internationally. It’s also right in the middle of the States, making commutes for meetings on the East or West Coast realistic and achievable.

High salaries

Houston’s salaries are amongst the best in the petrochemical industry—a benefit of working in oil and gas that’s not to be understated.


Houston operates as the technical headquarters of the oil and gas industry, likened, by Forbes, to Hollywood as the movie capital or New York as the go-to for finance. 


As such, when the most complex oil and gas jobs arise, it’s often down to a Houston-based office to source the best, most highly skilled professionals to get the job done.


According to Forbes, this is what has lent itself to Houston’s oil and gas compensation rates sitting significantly higher than elsewhere in the U.S. across multiple sectors of the industry for years.


Discover the ultimate Houston oil and gas jobs today

Now that you have an understanding of Houston’s thriving oil and gas scene, it’s time to read up on the specific positions that are available for industry executives and employees.


TRS Staffing are experts in matching industry professionals with Houston’s best oil and gas jobs. Explore the spectrum of oil and gas jobs that we can match you with today or get in touch with our Houston team to discuss opportunities.

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