Updated for 2022

Back in 2018 (and despite 6 figure paydays with no experience needed) Oil field companies literally could not hire fast enough to keep up with booming demand.

Then the pandemic hit, leading to a disastrous run for energy during the majority of 2020 and 2021.

Now however, Texas Oil and Gas looks hopeful for 2022.

In fact, the EIA recently reported that output in the Permian in West Texas and New Mexico (the biggest US shale oil basin), will rise 71,000 barrels per day (bpd) to a record 5.205 million bpd in March of 2022.

In addition to this, in early February the Biden admin annouced that they will soon start distribute approx $343 Million to Texas in efforts to help clean up and seal abandoned oil and gas wells, known as "orphan wells." 

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 West Texas 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 there are typically between 50-100 differing positions available with a focus on Frac Operator jobs in Texas. Other popular locations include Alvarado, Houston, Odessa, Pasedena, Carrollton, and others. Halliburton holds plentiful virtual and in person career fairs this year and 2022 looks promising.

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.

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Also popular in Texas, Patterson-UTI has been on a roll holding hiring events across the US with plenty of activity focused in Texas. What's more, Patterson-UTI often has many entry level Floorhand positions available and offers hands on training, competetive wages, and a daily Per Diem.

This makes Patterson-UTI a great choice for those looking to get their foot in the door. You can find jobs w/Patterson in West & South Texas including cities like Houston, Midland, Tyler, Big Spring and more.

Patterson-UTI shows a 3.9 out of 5 on Indeed and a 4 out of 5 on Glasddoor.com

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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 San Antonio, Magnolia, and Alice, 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.

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Others Hiring

Of course, there are hundreds of other companies large and small that are looking for qualified workers in West TX along with the entire state 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:

For even more opportunities in Texas & beyond, be sure to check out our Job Fairs page as well as updated opportunities across the US