Houston, Texas continues to establish itself as the energy capital of the world, adding approximately 5,000 energy jobs in June and July of this year. The period marks the most active consecutive months of hiring since the beginning of the shale boom, according to The Houston Business Journal.
The hiring in the two previous months exceeded the total energy hiring of 2013. So far in 2014, the Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown region has now added about 8,700 energy jobs, nearly double the 4,700 added in 2013, U.S Department of Labor statistics show.
Total energy employment in the Houston region now surpasses 110,300 workers. Paul Caplan, the president of industry news and energy employment site Rigzone, told the source that Texas has seen a 16 percent increase in job postings thus far this year compared to 2013. His site currently lists over 1,700 available positions in the state.
"The main story is that it's still a very strong industry right now, especially in Houston and Texas," Caplan told The Houston Business Journal. "All the trends continue to uptick."
Significant growth is taking place in oilfield service sectors and other support areas, Caplan explains. This is largely due to organizations seeking to capitalize on the boom and expand their existing facilities and create new revenue sources.
The oil industry is a dangerous and dynamic field, and this influx of new workers could create concerns if not properly trained and aligned to organizational values and processes. Houston oil field management consulting can help to increase the effectiveness of new workers, as well as reduce the likelihood of accidents that can injure workers and cause damage to an organization's reputation.