Houston Creates Most of America's Top Jobs
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
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.
NASA Jobs and Life
Final Launch: STS 135
Houston and Growing Border Markets
Houston is rather close to Mexico, Central America, and South America and Texas does business with them all. 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.
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.
High Demand Aerospace Jobs Through 2025
NASA is one of 80 local aerospace companies. Jobs most often advertised include:
- Project Engineers
- Automotive Technical Product Specialists - Also includes trucks and other vehicles used in aerospace and defense.
- Field Engineers
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Quality Control Engineers
- Mechanical Design Engineers
- Reliability Engineers
- Robotics Engineers
- Engineers and Technicians
- Engineering Supervisors
Advertised Employment Listings for Houston:
- March 2019: Increase = Over 57,00 job openings listed
- Jan. 2019: Over 52,000 jobs advertised.
- May 2018: 68,000 jobs
- May 2017: 66,000 jobs.
- May 2015: 80,000 jobs, an increase after a decline in 2014.
- May 2013: 154,000 jobs
- May 2011: 72,000 jobs
- May 2009: 36,000 jobs
IT and Engineering Increase Jobs:
- Project Managers in IT
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Automotive Technicians
- Software Engineers
- Chemical Analysts
- Mechanical Engineers
- Project Engineers in IT
- Process Engineers in IT
- Business Analysts
- Electrical Engineers
- General Managers in several industries.
- Truck Drivers: CDL
- Registered Nurses, including Travel Nurses
- Account Executives
- Healthcare Technicians
Top 20 Job Predictions for the 2020s
The highest percentage of job growth in the Gulf Coast Region are among an interesting list that is different from the rest of Texas and America.One-third of the fastest growing jobs are expected in occur in Education! Predictions of the most jobs to come include:
2. Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts in IT
3. Petroleum Engineers
4. Special Education Teachers for Middle School
5. Special Education Teachers in Preschool and K-5
6. Electrical & Electronics Repairers
7. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
8. Mainstream Middle School Teachers
9. Physician(‘s) Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
10.Mainstream Kindergarten Teachers
11.Special Education Teachers for Secondary Schools
13.Instructional Coordinators for K-12 and College
15.Physical Therapist Aides
16.Skin Care Specialists – Non-medical; often work in medical practices.
18.Mainstream Secondary School Teachers
19.Vocational Education Teachers for Secondary Schools
20.Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
Largest Local Market Employers
The following list contains Houston companies that are
- Employers of the largest labor pools, but also
- 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.
- National Oilwell Varco: A conglomerate oil producer.
- Transocean: Offshore drilling.
- McDermott International Energy.
- Anadarko Petroleum Co.
- Chicago Bridge & Iron, since 1885.
- Noble Corp.: Offshore drilling.
- Cameron: Oil and gas.
- FMC Technologies: Oil and Gas.
- Service Corporation International Memorials and Crematoriums; targeting the Hispanic and Asian markets more fully.
- Schlumberger: Oil field services. the largest such service globally in 2008.
Native American Businesses
- The Bead Shop
- Budget Promotion Inc
- East West Food Store
- J Silver
- White Buffalo
- Zapotec Art-A Southwest Gallery
- 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
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.
Colleges and Universities
- Rice University
- The University of Houston - University Park, Clear Lake, Downtown, Victoria.
- Texas Southern University
- Houston Baptist University
- The University of ST. Thomas
- Sam Houston State University:The history of Sam Houston and his work with his adoptive father who coined the term "Native American", Chief Oo-loo-te-ka, is housed at this site. Sam Houston wrote: "...I will punish any man who does injustice to the Indians," he wrote in 1843.
- Texas A & M University
- Texas Medical Center
- UT-Houston's Health Science Center
- Baylor College of Medicine
- The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Dental Branch, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Public Health; The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Texas A & M University's Institute of Biosciences and Technology
- Prairie View A & M University College of Nursing
- Texas Woman's University
- Houston Community College System
- North Harris Montgomery Community Colleges: North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College
- The San Jacinto College District
© 2008 Patty Inglish MS