New data released by the Texas Workforce Commission indicates that upstream oil and natural gas employment grew in September by 900 jobs from August.
Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association said that "We continue to see steady growth in upstream oil and natural gas employment, which is good news because these jobs pay among the highest wages in Texas and directly contribute to our country’s national and energy security".
"What we need are policies that enable critically needed infrastructure projects to move forward to continue job growth and maintain energy security for our country." he continued.
September of 2020 marked a low point in employment, but the industry has since added 45,900 Texas upstream jobs, averaging growth of 1,913 jobs per month.
At 202,900 upstream jobs, September 2022 jobs were up by 34,900, or 20.8%, from September 2021.
Unfortunately filling these jobs is another matter entirely.
An article by Grist suggets young people are steering clear of Oilfield jobs.
"With floods, fires, and smoke growing noticeably worse, young people have plenty of reasons to avoid working for the brands that brought you climate change" the story says.
For those who don't mind getting their hands dirty however, there are plenty of great opportunities to earn a great living in Texas with many entry level jobs with earning potential of well over $100,000 per year.
What's more is many companies are willing to provide paid training, along with free crew housing and paid travel.