El Paso, Texas Jobs and Culture

A Top Growing City After the Great Recession

El Paso has become the 4th largest city in Texas and 6th in the state for employers that post the most openings across Internet job search engines.

El Paso in 2013 became the 11th most successful city to growth in population and jobs after the Recession of 2008 - 2010.

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EL PASO from the International Soace Station in 2003. More densely populated Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico is separated from El Paso, Texas, by the Rio Grande. (public domain)El Paso during the day.
EL PASO from the International Soace Station in 2003. More densely populated Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico is separated from El Paso, Texas, by the Rio Grande. (public domain)
EL PASO from the International Soace Station in 2003. More densely populated Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico is separated from El Paso, Texas, by the Rio Grande. (public domain)
El Paso during the day.
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Jobs Increase 2009 - 2014

El Paso enjoyed this upswing in jobs prior to the first Obama Administration's Stimulus Funds received from the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act. Afterward, workforce partnerships set about developing additional new jobs. This is forecast to boost the local economy for decades into the 21st century.

Major employers in El Paso are listing increasing numbers of positions in the career fields of Nursing (all levels, including Travel Nursing), Management, Accounting, and Customer Service.

The leading companies offering these jobs include healthcare organizations such as Tenet Healthcare, Del Sol Medical Center, All About Staffing, Inc., Providence Memorial Hospital, and the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (ACIC) - Like NCIS, but located within the US Army. Fort Bliss is a particularly large employer that expands continually every few years.

According the the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, El Paso gained 1,000 jobs in February 2009, even though unemployment was 8.2%; and gained 1,100 jobs in March '09. By February 2014, open jobs had increased to 13,000 listings. The potential for increasing numbers was demonstrated before the Stimulus Package funds were distributed for Employment & Training and projects requiring additional workers in El Paso Country. Afterward, they continued to increase, even post funding expiration.

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Stimulus Projects Funds That Create Jobs 2008 - 2016

  • Water & Waste Water - $54,000,000
  • Energy - $50,653,000
  • Highway Infrastructure - $44,000,000
  • Housing - $14,000,000 - 100 new energy efficient homes
  • Transportation - approx. $7,700,000
  • HI Tech (Broadband Wireless) - $7,400,000
  • Border Infrastructure - $6,000,000

The Rio Grande.
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El Paso Healthcare Providers

Healthcare and the Medical Industry are major assets to El Paso.

Starting from the city center and moving outward, healthcare providers include the following list, with selected links to their home pages, news, and job opportunities current and planned. Some of the heath systems below are expanding services and adding new specialties.

  1. El Paso Specialty Hospital
  2. MESA Hills Specialty Hospital
  3. Del Sol Medical Center
  4. Providence Memorial Hospital
  5. William Beaumont Army Medical Center
  6. Sierra Providence Physical Rehabilitation Hospital
  7. Sierra Providence Medical Center East
  8. Southwestern General Hospital
  9. Thomason Hospital
  10. Triumph Hospital El Paso
  11. Physicians Specialty Hospital of El Paso
  12. Sierra Medical Center
  13. Las Palmas Rehabilitation Hospital
  14. Highlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
  15. El Paso Psychiatric Center
  16. University Behavioral Health of El Paso
  17. Surgical Center of El Paso
  18. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso (TTUHSC)
  19. Total Care West – OB/GYN, women’s health issues.
  20. Border Children's Health Center

Major Health and Medical Placement Services and Recruiters

In El Paso, contact the following:

  1. Tenet Healthcare
  2. Barton Associates
  3. Conifer Health Solutions
  4. Sierra Providence East
  5. Sierra Providence Med Center

US Military Families: Fort Bliss In El Paso

Fort Bliss at El Paso is large enough to be a city all by itself. The organization offers a general information, announcements, and links page similar to those found in any major city of America. The Fort Bliss pages are extraordinarily full of activities, programs, and events. Civilian Job Openings are also listed.

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A Recycling Program began on January 1, 2009 and the Fort Bliss pages present ongoing encouragement to Fort Bliss workers and residents to participate fully in recycling. Recycling cans are even provided beside employee's and military staffpersons' desks on base.

Child Abuse Prevention is a big program on base, with classes and support services along with a reporting scheme. Additionally, relationship-building classes and parenting training skills are available for couples in the military.

Of particularly important note is a long range study at Fort Bliss: Army Family Study of Effects of Multiple Deployments on Adolescents. many enrichment programs are offered to military youth and a Summer Youth Employment program is maintained yearly.

Largest Employers in El Paso

Companies That Employ the Most Workers

  1. El Paso Independent School District - Education
  2. US Army Fort Bliss - Government/Defense
  3. City of El Paso City -Government
  4. T & T Staff Management - Business
  5. Ysleta Independent School District - Education
  6. Uiversity of Texas, El Paso - Education
  7. Sorocco Independent School District - Education

Types of Companies Adding the Most Jobs

This list is dominated by Education, Business, Employment Services, Healthcare, and Food Services.

  1. Elementary & Secondary Schools, Public/Private
  2. Full-Service Restaurants
  3. Employment Services
  4. Home Health Care Services
  5. Local Government, City and County
  6. Limited-Service Dining
  7. Business Support Services
  8. All General Medical & Surgical Hospitals
  9. Offices of Physicians and Group Practices
  10. All Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

Bold entries reflect the largest employers above.

  1. Physicians
  2. Registered Nurses (RN license)
  3. Medical and Health Ttechnology Jobs
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. All Food & Beverage Prep and Service, except Waitstaff
  6. Retail Sales
  7. Engineers
  8. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  9. Truck Drivers - Heavy, Tractor-Trailer, similar
  10. Janitors/Cleaners, Except Housekeeping

Additional Fast Growing Jobs

  1. Home Health Aides - certified HHAs
  2. Executive Secretaries & Administrative Assistants
  3. Mainstream Middle School Teachers
  4. Mainstream Secondary School Teachers
  5. Child Care Workers
  6. Construction Workers, skilled and unskilled
  7. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, similar
  8. Teacher's Assistants K-12

Higher Education in El Paso County

Specialty Schools

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools

  • Doña Ana Branch Community College
  • El Paso Community College
  • International Business College
  • Western Technical College

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Texas El Paso, known as UTEP
  • Texas Tech Professional School of Architecture

Additional Information

Higher Education in El Paso is developing new jobs through cooperation with local businesses and government programs.

The following are emerging Texas industries that propel El Paso economy into a business boom:

  • Life Sciences,
  • Biotechnologies, and
  • Health Informatics.

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artrush73 7 years ago

At least somebody is giving job. A lot of people got layed off.


Nancy 3 years ago

Hi, just wondering where you got your information from. It's really detailed. :-)


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

@Nancy - Data and trends come from (public records) federal and state projections, and information gained from consistent reading of a variety of workforce development journals and speaking with contacts in that field.; and several years experience in the field myself. Local universities and the Chamber of Commerce in El Paso might have more recently updated data for you. Plus, new projections will be coming outo soon.

Another rplace to search is the major job search engines, for they often have trending and BLS data among their webpages.

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