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Houston is America's Top City for Future New Jobs

Updated on June 7, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Johnson Space Center, Houston TX

Final launch of US Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Final launch of US Space Shuttle Atlantis. | Source

Houston Solved the Problem of Jobs

Houston has been home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, the American Space Program, and International Space Exploration since the beginning of the Cold War Space Race to the Moon.

From 2010 - 2012, the end of the American Space Shuttle Program was on the horizon, with no replacement in sight. The US Space Shuttle Mission ended 30 years of work on July 8, 2011, with the next phase of Lunar Exploration, the Constellation Program, cancelled by the White House.

Privatized Space Flight was suggested by the Administration as a stop-gap, while NASA would partner with new organizations and the private sector for Mission to Mars.

NASA in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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NASA Admin. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.; Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Actress June Lockhart ("Lost In Space"); and National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emil de Cou at "Salute to Apollo" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NASA public domaiExpedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (center), and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko (right) and Dan Tani. Photo credit: NASA public domain.
NASA Admin. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.; Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Actress June Lockhart ("Lost In Space"); and National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emil de Cou at "Salute to Apollo" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NASA public domai
NASA Admin. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.; Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Actress June Lockhart ("Lost In Space"); and National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emil de Cou at "Salute to Apollo" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NASA public domai
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (center), and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko (right) and Dan Tani. Photo credit: NASA public domain.
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (center), and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko (right) and Dan Tani. Photo credit: NASA public domain.

At Cape Canaveral on 06/21/2010, John Glenn (teaching at The Ohio State University until his death at 95 in 2016) stated that he wanted the American Space Shuttle Program to continue until a replacement vehicle series was produced, regardless of time needed.

Glenn and other veterans of space have felt that America cannot be left without a space shuttle. The Apollo 11 crew, particularly Buzz Aldrin, have agreed.

At the same time, privatized space flight is beginning to offer new jobs. During May - June 2013, over 154,000 jobs were advertised in the Houston market, more than in 2010 and 2011. In July 2011, twice as many job listings were open when compared with July 2009, many in Engineering and Information Technology.

Final Launch: STS 135

Houston Space Center, Apollo Era Exhibit

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Historic NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas until 1989. It is now a visitor's display, outfitted for the Apollo Era.The famous Flight Director, Gene Kranz, who had a new vest made by his wife for each mission. 1965.NASA astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space and the commander of the Apollo 14 mission to the moon, monitoring communications between the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Mission Control. Apollo 1 Crew, from left to right: Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White II, Virgil "Gus" Grissom.The historical plaque on the Apollo 11 lunar module "Eagle".
Historic NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas until 1989. It is now a visitor's display, outfitted for the Apollo Era.
Historic NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas until 1989. It is now a visitor's display, outfitted for the Apollo Era. | Source
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The famous Flight Director, Gene Kranz, who had a new vest made by his wife for each mission. 1965.
The famous Flight Director, Gene Kranz, who had a new vest made by his wife for each mission. 1965. | Source
NASA astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space and the commander of the Apollo 14 mission to the moon, monitoring communications between the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Mission Control.
NASA astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space and the commander of the Apollo 14 mission to the moon, monitoring communications between the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Mission Control. | Source
Apollo 1 Crew, from left to right: Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White II, Virgil "Gus" Grissom.
Apollo 1 Crew, from left to right: Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White II, Virgil "Gus" Grissom. | Source
The historical plaque on the Apollo 11 lunar module "Eagle".
The historical plaque on the Apollo 11 lunar module "Eagle". | Source

Houston Productively Exploits the Growing Border Markets

Houston is rather close to Latin America - Mexico, Central America, and South America. The city remained strong in energy production during the Great Recession as well.

From 2008 through 2010, over 100 foreign-owned companies (including Latin) relocated to Houston, expanded in the city, or started new enterprises in Houston.

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Fast Growing Jobs in Houston

Healthcare and government at all levels are generally the largest employers and recruiters of employees in the Greater Houston Metro Area.

The Texas Workforce Commission reports that Houston and San Antonio are growing faster in new jobs that the rest of the state of Texas. With decreasing unemployment rates, Houston is also a provider of greater number of jobs available to the unemployed.

Simply put, there are more jobs from which to choose and less competition.

New commercial complexes in Houston offer an abundance of high-demand jobs and these centers include projects such as the latest $75 million office complex in western Houston for the mid-2010s. Other increases in jobs include:

  • Healthcare services are recruiting Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Health Aides, Medical and Physician Assistants, and various other therapists and their assistants.
  • Professional occupations are in high demand in Houston as well, including attorneys and physicians.
  • Service oriented jobs are on the rise and demanding increasingly more workers as the population and new jobs increase. These positions include food service employees, housekeepers, and janitorial staff.

Job Listings Increased 2010 - 2015

A clear upsurge in jobs is revealed 2011 - 2015.
A clear upsurge in jobs is revealed 2011 - 2015. | Source

Top High Demand Aerospace Jobs 2017 - 2025

  1. Project Engineers
  2. Automotive Technical Product Specialists - Also includes trucks and other vehicles used in aerospace and defense.
  3. Field Engineers
  4. Manufacturing Engineers
  5. Quality Control Engineers
  6. Mechanical Design Engineers
  7. Reliability Engineers
  8. Robotics Engineers
  9. Engineers and Technicians
  10. Engineering Supervisors

NASA is Among 80 Aerospace Companies in Houston

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Job Listings, All Internet Sources

Advertised employment listings for Houston:

  • May 2017: 66,000+ jobs advertised.
  • May 2015: 80,000 jobs. Advertised openings increases after a 2014 decline.
  • May 2013: 154,000 jobs
  • May 2011: 72,000 jobs
  • May 2009: 36,000 jobs

IT jobs and Engineering are on the upswing.

  1. Project Managers - IT
  2. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  3. Automotive Technicians
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Checmical Analysts
  6. Mechanical Engineers
  7. Project Engineers - IT
  8. Process Engineers
  9. Business Analysts
  10. Electrical Engineers
  11. General Managers - several industries, incude retail and dining
  12. Truck Drivers
  13. Registered Nurses, including Travel Nurses
  14. Account Executives
  15. Healthcare Technicians

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View of the Shuttle Challenger atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), NASA-905 on route to the Johnson Space Center. The Port of Houston is the busiest in the nation in terms of foreign tonnage.
View of the Shuttle Challenger atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), NASA-905 on route to the Johnson Space Center.
View of the Shuttle Challenger atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), NASA-905 on route to the Johnson Space Center. | Source
The Port of Houston is the busiest in the nation in terms of foreign tonnage.
The Port of Houston is the busiest in the nation in terms of foreign tonnage. | Source

Top 20 Hot Job Predictions to 2018

The higest percentage of job growth in the Houston and Gulf Coast region of Texas are among an intesting list that is different from the rest of Texas and the US. One third of the fastest growing jobs are expected in occur in Education. Jobs increasing most rapidly through 2018 include:

1. Certified Nursing Assistants/Patient Care Technicians or Home Health Aides

2. Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts - IT

3. Petroleum Engineers

4. Special Education Teachers - Middle School

5. Special Education Teachers - Preschool, K-5

6. Electrical & Electronics Repairers

7. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers

8. Mainstream Middle School Teachers

9. Physician(‘s) Assistants

10.Mainstream Kindergarten Teachers

11.Special Education Teachers - Secondary School

12.Personal & Home Care Aides

13.Instructional Coordinators

14.Medical Scientists

15.Physical Therapist Aides

16.Skin Care Specialists – Non-medical; often work in medical practices

17.Veterinary Techs

18.Mainstream Secondary School Teachers

19.Vocational Education Teachers - Secondary School

20.Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians

Largest Employers

The following list contains Houston companies that are

  1. Employers of the largest labor pools, but also
  2. Earners of the highest revenues 2008 - 2016.

This list and potential honorees were analyzed and compiled by the Hearst newspaper, The Houston Chronicle in its famous Chronicle 100, performed yearly.

  1. National Oilwell Varco – A conglomerate oil producer.
  2. Transocean – Offshore drilling.
  3. McDermott International – Energy.
  4. Anadarko Petroleum Co.
  5. Chicago Bridge & Iron, since 1885.
  6. Noble Corp. – Offshore drilling.
  7. Cameron – Oil and gas.
  8. FMC Technologies – Oil and Gas.
  9. Service Corporation International – Memorials and Crematoriums. Targeting the Hispanic and Asian markets more fully.
  10. Schlumberger – Oil field services. the largest such service globally in 2008.

Sports in Houston

Marketing, sales, player, coach, medical-related, clerical, IT, and even concessions and management opportunities may be found in connection with Houston professional sports teams at the following links.

Additional jobs are often available in the high school systems in and around Houston as well. The popular sports teams of the Houston Area also offer a lot of exciting entertainment.

  • Houston Texans Football
  • Houston Astros Baseball
  • Houston Rockets Basketball
  • Houston Comets Womens Basketball; WNBA
  • Houston Aeros Hockey
  • Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer
  • Houston Wranglers Tennis
  • Texas Thunder Fastpitch Softball

Native American Businesses

  • The Bead Shop
  • Budget Promotion Inc
  • East West Food Store
  • J Silver
  • Namaste
  • White Buffalo
  • Zapotec Art-A Southwest Gallery

Places to Visit

  • American Indian Genocide Museum - 3004 Bagby, Houston. 713-928-2440
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science - One Hermann Circle Dr., Houston 77030. (713) 639-4601
  • The Menil Collection - 1515 Sul Ross, Houston TX 77006


Colleges and Universities in the Houston Area


History of Space Flight, Houston

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1969: Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11 Crew. Commander, Neil A. Armstrong; Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins; and Lunar Module Pilot, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. "The Eagle has landed."
1969: Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.
1969: Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. | Source
Apollo 11 Crew. Commander, Neil A. Armstrong; Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins; and Lunar Module Pilot, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.
Apollo 11 Crew. Commander, Neil A. Armstrong; Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins; and Lunar Module Pilot, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. | Source
"The Eagle has landed."
"The Eagle has landed." | Source

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      momsims22 9 years ago from Raymore, MO

      Awesome job on this article! Maybe I should move to Houston so I can find a job! lol

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      momsims22 - Thank you! If you move there, perhaps I will come too. We will take a group of Hubber friends with us.

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Don't forget me!! It look's good! another great article Patty.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Yes, compu-smart, You are IN.

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      Alicia Crowder 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Thank you for publishing this informative article!

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      Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

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      ceholmes 7 years ago from Chicago

      Useful useful hub!!

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      technorican 6 years ago from Houston

      OMG -- What outstanding work! This Houstonian definitely appreciates it and I know many others who will. Unhappily, it would be the Space Shuttle folks. But everyone in this area needs to read your Hub. Thank you!

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      Grant 6 years ago

      I put together a pretty stellar list of Houston companies. I went through the list from A to Z checking each company, which took a few days. When I got to ‘Z’, I started back at ‘A’ and the companies usually had posted new positions.

      I hope it helps others, I got a job after looking for about 6 weeks. Here’s the link:

      http://grantbeehler.net/jobs.html

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      texas jobs 6 years ago

      Great job listings! I hope you wouldn't mind if I'd borrowed them, quoting you, off course.

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      susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

      This is interesting, and I love texas.

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