Texas oil, gas sector now hiring again

The Texas oil and gas industry saw employment numbers turn around in 2017, the first year of net positive growth in jobs in that sector since 2014, industry officials said this week.

A study by the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association found the state’s oil and gas industry supported a total of 325,439 direct jobs in all industry sectors in 2017.

According to federal labor statistics, the trend continued in Texas in the first quarter of 2018, with a net increase of 702 jobs in the upstream sector.

Drilling and production in the Permian Basin is driving much of the increased employment, with Midland-Odessa reporting the most jobs growth in the first part of 2018.

That region saw a net increase of 1,768 upstream jobs compared to 2017, for a total of 31,620 jobs.

Other employment increases occurred in San Antonio-New Braunfels, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, and Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land.

According to the association, Texas companies have thousands of open positions in the oil and gas sector.

They include jobs for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, maintenance and repair workers, computer systems analysts, roustabouts, mechanical engineers, software developers, petroleum engineers and more.

For more information, visit the association’s website, www.tipro.org.

— Staff report

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.

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