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Oil and Gas in Midland, Texas

Updated on February 25, 2017
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

 Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, George H.W. Bush and family friend Joseph I. O'Neill at the dedication of the George W. Bush Childhood Home in April 2006.
Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, George H.W. Bush and family friend Joseph I. O'Neill at the dedication of the George W. Bush Childhood Home in April 2006. | Source

Midland - Odessa Area

Midland Texas:
Midland, TX, USA

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Odessa Texas:
Odessa, TX, USA

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Permian Basin:
4901 East University Boulevard, Odessa, TX 79762, USA

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Jobs In Midland-Odessa

Largest Employers in Midland

  1. Dow Chemical
  2. Dow Corning
  3. County of Midland: County Government Jobs
  4. Midland City: City Government Jobs

Largest Private Employers in Odessa, Texas

  1. B & H Maintenance & Construction
  2. Holloman Construction Co.
  3. Family Dollar Distribution LP
  4. Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
  5. Professional and Business Services.
  6. National Oilwell Varco LP
  7. Nurses Unlimted
  8. Odessa Regional Hospital LP
  9. Rosa's Café & Tortilla Factory Ltd.

Top 10 Fast Growing Industries

Commercial & Industrial Machines/Equipment Leasing

Community Food & Housing, & Emergency Help

Facilities Support Services

Ambulatory Health Care

Amusement Parks & Arcades

Child Day Care Services

Computer Systems Design

Architectural, Engineering, & Related

Full-Service Restaurants

Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools

DOL Midland Job Projections

Top 10 Jobs Expected To Grow to 2018

  1. Compensation, Benefits, & Job Analysis Specialists - This is itself indicates that the Odessa-Midland area requires more woerks and that the region is gearing up for even more expansion.
  2. Managers in Most Industry Clusters - (See actual job listings below in the UPDATE)
  3. Information Technology - Analysts & Engineers
  4. Health and Medical Professionals, including Cardiovascular Techs (county health focus), RNs, Travel Nurses, Anesthesiologists, Chiropractors, other therapists, Home Health and Personal Care Aides, and others; category tied with Funeral Directors
  5. Social & Community Services Managers
  6. Personal Financial Advisors
  7. Teachers, Instructors, and Professors
  8. Environmental Science & Protection Techs, including Health
  9. Engineers and Scientists - Computer, Life, Physical.
  10. Teachers, Instructors, and Professors - all levels of education and wide range of subjects from arts to computer science to chemistry and communications.

Other High Demand Jobs in the metro area include:

  • Architects, Ex. Landscape & Naval
  • Civil Engineers
  • Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters
  • Chefs & Head Cooks

Leading Job Listings to 2018

The job listings in this list are the most-frequently listed jobs in the Midland-Odessa area.

Bold print jobs match the government projections offered above. Sales and management are the two largest fields in which jobs are available during summers.

  1. Assistant Store Managers
  2. Store Managers
  3. Sales Associates/Consultants or Salespersons and Sales Support jobs
  4. Assistant Managers - retail.
  5. Physicians - several specialties
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Account Executive for directories publishing
  8. Innovations Marketing Leaders
  9. Restaurant General Managers
  10. Assistant Restaurant General Managers

Employers Listing the Most Jobs

  • Haliburton
  • Baker Hughes
  • Warren Equipment
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Midland Memorial Hospital
  • AT&T
  • Health South
  • IASIS HealthCare
  • Ector County Independent School Districts
  • Schlumberger

Permian Basin Oil & Gas Education

Permian Basin

Permian Basin:
4901 East University Boulevard, Odessa, TX 79762, USA

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is named for the geological basin underneath it and has branches in both Midland and Odessa. Founded in 1973, it enrolls over 5,100 students yearly in semester courses and is ranked Number 93 in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities West. Further, US News and World Report ranks it at Number 37 Public School (college or university) in America.

This university continues to grow in the 2010s in light of a Texas oil boom in the Permian Basin such that additional workers are needed and must first be trained, particularly engineers and technicians. The school also has a new Science and Technology Center to handle not only training in oil and gas operations, but also aerospace projects, and computer science.

Other regional colleges include:

  • Midland College
  • Midland College: Physician Assistant Program (Texas Tech)
  • University of Texas Core Research

University of Texas Core Research:
5310 E Hwy 80, Midland, TX 79706, USA

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Midland College:
3600 N Garfield St, Midland, TX 79705, USA

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Texas Tech, Midland TX:
301 North N Street, Midland, TX 79701, USA

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Active oil wells in green and natural gas wells in red are numerous in the Permian Basin.
Active oil wells in green and natural gas wells in red are numerous in the Permian Basin. | Source

Midland is equidistant from El Paso and Fort Worth, Texas, hence the name that indicates the mid-way point means "land in the middle."

Combined with Odessa about 19 miles away, the two cities make up the Odessa-Midland Metro Area over the Permian Basin, where oil deposits flourish.

About 700 companies around Midland have dealt in oil and the processing of petroleum successfully. Jobs are open in these companies and inrelated industries, listed under Crude Oil & Natural Gas Extraction in want ads.

Alternative Energy Jobs in Midland have a shorter wage range of $28,000 - $96,000 per year, but a higher average is usually found at $62,000+ annually, plus benefits.

Midland Spaceport Over the Midland Basin

Midland Basin:
Basin St, Midland, TX 79703, USA

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Midland Spaceport:
Midland International Air & Space Port, 9506 La Force Blvd, Midland, TX 79706, USA

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The Permian Basin runs beneath Midland, Odessa, and many other cities in West Central Texas. A combination of smaller basins containing rocks from the Permian Era, Midland Basin is the largest such component and the Mid-Continent Oil Producing Area is located in much of the larger basin as a whole, led by Midland and Odessa oil and gas operations.

In 2006, compared Midland with the Top 10 Best Places to Live in the USA at that time. CNN found that Midland's Job growth between 2000 - 2005 was nearly 11% and 75% of residents had a health care coverage plan.

These results were similar to the Top 10 Cities on average. One major difference was that the Cardiac Mortality Index (a measure of death from heart related problems) in Midland was 499+ per hundred thousand people, compared to just 202 per hundred-thousand average for all of the Top 10 Best Places taken together.

Heart Health and health insurance were targeted as areas for focused improvement and have come under scrutiny by Midland County officials and planning groups.

Midland Basin is subdivided is made up of four formations of laminated siltstone and sandstone, illustrated below.

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Sandstone | Source
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The Odessa - Midland Sports


  • When in the Odessa-Midland area, join other fans as they eat carrots for each goal scored by the team. Jackalopes' Motto: Good, Clean Family Fun. Employment with the Jackalopes Hockey Club: Employment. Midland Office: 5514 Champions Drive; Midland, TX 79701; Phone 432-520-2255


  • The Midland RockHounds are a Double A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics


  • The West Texas Drillers play in the Minor Professional League Football League.
  • The west Texas Wildcatters play in the Lone Star Football League for arena football.


  • West Texas United Sockers

W Biopic and Other Films

Midland is focusing on alternative energy production for the future.
Midland is focusing on alternative energy production for the future. | Source

Film Portrayal by Josh Brolin

Midland, Texas is the boyhood home after his birth in Connecticut of former President George W. Bush, the first president of the 21st century. The city figures importantly in the Oliver Stone film called "W."

Josh Brolin portrays W, while Richard Dreyfess plays Dick Cheney. Oliver Cromwell is George HW Bush, Ellen Burstyn plays Barbara, and Scott Glenn plays Ronald Rumsfeld.

The film contains a lot of action and controversy that keeps people talking about Republicans and Democrats.

Promotional ads for the film's release actually ran against John McCain's presidential campaign ads.

How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?

— Oliver Stone
You may enjoy these actors: Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), Condoleeza Rice (Thandie Newton), and Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss). First Lady Laura Bush is played by Elizabeth Banks.

Some Films and Series About Texas Oil

Oil in America has created controversy in the past long before today's generations have thought it occurred. The earliest I have found was in 1900 (see below). This list in not all inclusive, but is interesting in its variety and timeline.

  • Urban Cowboy (1976)
  • Dallas: Ultimate Dallas - TV Drama; New Series 2012 - 2013
  • Addicted to Oil: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting (2006)
  • The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (2005)
  • Blood and Oil: The Middle East in WWI (2006)
  • The Cartel: Oil and the US Government (Das Kartel) (2003)
  • Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil (1968)
  • Gas-Oil (1955)
  • The Fighting Texans (Randy Strike Oil) (1933)
  • The Age of Oil (1924)
  • OIL! (1921, 1921)
  • Burning of the Standard Oil Tanks (1900) - Silent film documentary filmed in New Jersey by American Mutoscope and Biograph

Interesting Link: Some Political Contributions Made by Texans


© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


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