Updated April 2021 - After shedding more than 100,000 jobs during the industry downturn that began in mid-2014, Texas is once again booming. Indeed, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal has locals describing the Texas oil 'boom' is unlike any they've seen, where even a local barber is making over $180,000/year. As we've reported in numerous articles over the past 18 months ranging from concerns over a lack of qualified workers despite 6 figure paydays in Texas to fears that despite increases in oil activity industry job growth remains flat, there is little denying that opportunity is abound when it comes to oilfield jobs in Texas.
So, as the nation looks to the Lone Star state for an opportunity to earn big, many new or unfamiliar with the industry are unsure as to where to start.
How long will it Last?
According to the IHS Markit outlook, Permian Basin Oil Production is expected to More than Double from 2017-2023 - exceeding Expectations. Total oil production in the Permian will be 5.4 mbd in 2023 which is more than the total production of any OPEC country other than Saudi Arabia. It is predicted that nearly 41,000 new wells and $300+ billion in upstream spending between 2018-2023 will be key drivers in that growth.
The Top 3
Whether you're looking to the Lone Star state as an opportunity to get into the industry, or simply want to know where to start your employment hunt, nelow, we've listed the top 3 oil & gas companies hiring in Texas as it pertains to available 'open' positions, local hiring fairs, and general employment activity along with a few other smaller companies that also have been actively recruiting.
A Texas oil and gas list wouldn't be complete without Halliburton. Halliburton serves the upstream oil and gas industry in 80 countries with a complete range of services,and has a major footprint in Texas. Totaled, Halliburton's available positions often exceed 700, and in Texas there are typically between 50-100 differing positions available at any given time in locations such as Alvarado, Houston, Odessa, Midland, Sonora, Carrollton, Burlson, Spring, Cladwell, and others. Halliburton has also hosted more than 60 careers fairs over the past 12 months. Examining employee reviews, Halliburton shows a 3.9 out of 5 on Indeed.com based on 4900+ reviews, and a 3.4 out of 5 from Glassdoor.com. More on Halliburton
Baker Hughes / GE
Also popular in Texas, Industry Giant Baker Hughes / GE is has an impressive 1000+ jobs available internationally, and 350+ listed as 'open' in Texas alone. Jobs available pretty much run the gamut, from entry level to experienced, and technology focused to trades. With a large cluster of positions available in Houston, Baker Hughes GE is shows plenty of activity in Odessa, Midland, Brownfield, Corpus Christi, Andrews, Victoria, Deer Park, Lufkin, Humble, Pecos, and other oil hubs through TX. Baker Hughes GE shows a 3.5 out of 5 from Glassdoor.com and a 4.0 out of 5 on Indeed.com - an impressive number considering they have over 4,700 reviews. More on Baker Hughes
Nabors Industries is another strong contender in the US with plenty of activity in the Permian and across Texas. As of this writing, Nabors has 85+ job openings in the state of Texas alone, and has consistently shown in the range of 60-100 positions available over the trailing 6 months. On the hiring fair side, Nabors has attended a few multi-company job fairs over the last few months. Key centers of employment in Texas include Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler, Crosby, with the majority of opportunities listed in Houston. Nabors Industries shows a 3.8 out of 5 on Indeed.com based on 1000+ reviews, and a 3.0 out of 5 from Glassdoor.com. More on Nabors
Of course, there are hundreds of other companies large and small that are looking for qualified workers as the demand for industry workers appears to be strong through to 2023. The following are a list of companies that have all shown to demonstrate medium to high hiring activity over the last 6 months. Click on the links to learn more about each company and their current opportunities: