Working in Houston

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Working on an oil rig in HoustonExpats planning on working in Houston can anticipate becoming part of one of the USA’s fastest-growing business 
climates. Though the Lone Star state’s largest city isn’t often the first destination that comes to mind when imagining grand working opportunities, it is nonetheless one of America’s most consistent job creators, and claims a pioneering spirit that can contend with the likes of New York City and Chicago.

The city is home to over 20 Fortune 500 companies, over 5,000 firms in the energy sector, the world’s largest medical centre, a prestigious aerospace facility and a wide array of multinationals. Needless to say, there is an assortment of positions available across any number of industries.


Historically, Houston has been known as the oil and gas capital of the world. Although its economy has diversified in recent decades, its backbone is still built with 'black gold', and those looking for a job in this sector would do well to move west to this former frontier.

Otherwise, the healthcare industry is burgeoning, and jobs continue to increase in this sector despite the impact of the global economic downturn . On the other hand, construction, which has typically been an industry mainstay in Houston, continues to suffer and has shed hundreds of jobs, as has the civil sector

Regardless of which sphere of employment expats are interested in, Houston is home to a diverse population of local transplants and internationals (it has an especially large Hispanic population), and foreigners won’t find themselves limited by their ethnicity.

It may take some adjusting to the “good ol’ boy” attitude adopted by many, a traditionally conservative outlook that aligns with Southern American values of the past; but otherwise, the general belief seems to be that if a person works hard in Houston, they are bound to be successful.

A strong can-do attitude prevails in the city, and a well-maintained infrastructure and transport system eases the difficulties associated with settling into a new workplace.

For those expats looking to start a business in Houston, there are a fair amount of state and local incentives available to support new endeavours, and to encourage expansion in already-established companies. Furthermore, the state’s tax structure (there is no individual or corporate income tax levied by the state of Texas) makes it an appealing place to start a business.

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