The demand for skills in the oil and gas industry is changing rapidly. This is particularly true in Texas, where the business is experiencing significant growth.
In particular, it is shale oil that has fueled what many are referring to as an energy renaissance. As Time Magazine noted in a recent article, by 2014 Texas is expected to exceed oil-producing countries like Venezuela, Mexico, Kuwait and Iraq in terms of production. All told, that will place Texas as the ninth-largest oil producer in the world. Oil companies are expected to invest heavily in that possibility, spending as much as $100 billion in drilling operations.
This influx of cash has led to new demand for all kinds of positions—not simply oil rig workers. In Houston, Robert Gilmer, director of the Bauer Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston, explained how this works to the Houston Chronicle.
"In the past six months in Houston, 1,700 jobs were created in comparison to the previous six months, when 3,700 new jobs were created and another 6,000 jobs in metal fabrication and machinery," he said.
Among the many jobs in demand are graphics application developers. Software development companies that work for the industry are seeking individuals who can animate wells and seismic tools for use in planning.
Thanks to the continued growth in the local oil and gas sector, there will remain a significant demand for software development jobs in Houston. Qualified individuals who may wish to consider a move to this area can work with Houston IT staffing to find a good fit.