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Texas Jobs in Corpus Christi

Updated on September 9, 2014

Corpus Christi Skyline

Bayfront area (public domain).
Bayfront area (public domain).

Southeastern Texas

The City of Corpus Christi, Texas was named one of the Best 25 Medium Sized Cities in America for Jobs and Business by a number of financial and employment magazines and analysts.

In addition, a survey in the late 2000s from the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement revealed that Texas was the second-most-popular retirement city in America, just behind the State of Florida as a whole.

The county seat of Nueces County, Corpus Christi is the anchor of a metropolitan area af approximately 300,000 residents on the southeast coast of the state, encompassing Neuces and San Patrico Counties. On the Gulf of Mexico, the city is just southeast of San Antonio.

Corpus Christi Bay was possibly discovered in the early 1500s by a Spanish explorer around the time of the Catholic Feast Day called Corpus Christi. However, historical records state that the city was named for the early settlers that migrated to the coast during the Civil War. A trading post was established previously, in the 1830s, to that in order to sell supplies to the Mexicans in the area.

The port of Corpus Christi opened in the 1920s and the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station opened in 1941. The port is important not only for transportation, but for its proximity to oil producers in the Bay and Gulf.

Downtown Corpus Christi has been revitalized in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, with a focus on renewable energy and sustainability that is bringing new jobs to the metro area. Corpus Christi has produced increasing port activity since 1970.

The Energy Industry, along with military, and tourism sectors, diversify the economy for more growth. New jobs are being opened, because of the expansion of the Port of Corpus Christi and alternative energy sources, enlargement of the healthcare provider community, and Baby Boomer retirement in this region of the state.

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Top 10 High Demand Jobs in Corpus Christi

  1. Construction & Extraction Jobs
  2. Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers - all levels.
  3. Cashiers
  4. Bldg/Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance
  5. Business & Financial Operations
  6. Architecture & Engineering - Includes Techs.
  7. Bldg Cleaning & Pest Control
  8. Business Operations Specialists
  9. Child Care Positions
  10. Computer & Mathematical Jobs & Computer Specialists

Many of the positions listed above are involved in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, which is a large part of the local economy. Downtown Corpus Christi offers much outdoor activity at the Bayfront and Seawall, including fishing, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, kite-boarding, and an array of others.

Sailing is a major sport in Corpus Christi Bay as well. Several minor league teams in various sports play at the arenas located in the Downtown area and golfing is offered nearby at a number of courses.

Interestingly, cross-border retailing with Mexico has contributed a large revenue share to San Antonio and may include Corpus Christi in the future.

San Antonio merchants put together travel packages for Mexican nationals for airfare, shopping, health care, and recreational activities, so this is part of the Medical/Healthcare Tourism Industry. Corpus Christi is a beach location closer to Mexico than San Antonio and offers similar features.

Top 10 Faster Growing Jobs by Percentage Increase

This second list of jobs contains the same occupational titles as those offering the greatest number of opening in Corps Christi. However, they arranged by the fastest increase in jobs (that is, by largest percentage of exhibited and expected increase in openings).

  1. Construction & Extraction Jobs
  2. Combined Food Preparation & Service (Such as fast food and casual dining.)
  3. Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance
  4. Business & Financial Operations
  5. Computer & Mathematical Jobs & Computer Specialists
  6. Business Operations Specialists
  7. Architecture & Engineering
  8. Building Cleaning with emphasis on Pest Control
  9. Child Care Operators and Staff Jobs
  10. Community & Social Services Positions


Largest Area Employers

The largest employers in the Corpus Christi area work in the industries of Construction, Offshore Energy Production, Healthcare, Education, and Government.

Companies in bold print also are among those doing the most hiring.

  • Bay Limited - Construction and fabrication.
  • Christus Spohn Health Systems
  • City of Corpus Christi Govt.
  • Corpus Christi Independent School District
  • Corpus Christi State School
  • Department of Defense (Navy & Army)
  • Corpus Christi Medical Centers
  • Del Mar College
  • Driscoll Childrens Hospital - likely hiring through staffing agencies (below).
  • Gulf Marine Fabricators
  • Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd.
  • Nueces County Govt.
  • Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi

Companies Doing the Most Hiring

  1. L3-Communications - Includes Aircraft and Aerospace relates jobs.
  2. Christus Health Systems
  3. HCA Healthcare
  4. Pizza Hut - Full-time and part-time, all levels.
  5. Swift Transportation
  6. Domino's Pizza
  7. Deegan, Fernandez & Associates, Inc.
  8. Maxim Staffing Solutions
  9. Coca-Cola Enterprises - Sales & Marketing
  10. Corpus Christi Medical Center

Clean Energy & New Jobs

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

Ingleside, a neighboring city of Corpus Christi, was named as a wind research laboratory and was one of just two such cities in the entire country. This positions the State of Texas as a leader in clean sustainable energy and new jobs.

Frequent High Demand Jobs Listings

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Engineers - Includes Mining and the IT Industry.
  3. Aircraft-related and Aerospace Jobs
  4. Truck Drivers and Owner-Operators
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Managers in a variety of fields.
  8. Service and Field Technicians
  9. Sales Representatives
  10. Salespeople

Texas State Aquarium

Selected Attractions: Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures

This museum and education center offers exhibits and presentations about the Asian cultures of China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Hmong, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Laos, and Myanmer. The museum keeps a collection of the largest nuber of items to leave Japn in the 1950s.

Corpus Christ is also home to a Museum of Science and History, The Naval Ship U,.S.S. Lexington Museum, the State Acquarium, and several art centers.

Corpus Christi Visitor's and Convention Bureau

Some cities have artistic renditions of ears of corn all over their sidewalks, come have cows and some have pigs. Corpus Christi has hosted "Dances with Dolphins" - a series of dolphin sculptures all through the town.

HIgher Education in Corpus Christi

  • Corpus Christi Aviation
  • Del Mar College
  • Education Service Center- Region 2
  • Glasson Flight Training
  • Institute Of Cosmetic Arts And Science
  • South Texas Barber College Inc
  • Southern Careers Institute
  • Texas A & M University @ Corpus Christi
  • Vogue College Of Cosmetology

Nearby Schools in San Antonio, Northwest of Corpus Christi

  • DeVry University
  • Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University - San Antonio
  • The Academy of Healthcare Professions
  • University of Phoenix
  • Hallmark Institutes of Aeronautics and Technology


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      matt n 6 years ago

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