Working in Houston
Houston is the No. 1 city for job creation in the U.S.
There are 26 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Houston, fewer than New York's 72 but well ahead of Dallas's 19 and Washington D.C.'s 20. Many are in the city's "energy corridor," the home of the oil and gas industry. They include Conoco Phillips, Marathon Oil, Sysco, Apache, Halliburton, and many more.
The Texas Medical Center is the largest single employer in Houston, and the largest medical center in the world, with 21 hospitals, eight academic and research institutions, and 50 total related organizations, all not-for-profit. The complex is larger than downtown Dallas.
The oil and gas industry is booming in the U.S. Not only is Houston the home of corporations like Conoco Phillips and Marathon, it's the center of the petrochemical industry, close to Texas oil fields, and close to Latin America. The energy sector provides an estimated 3.4% of all of the jobs in the area as of 2013, and a large amount of the growth.
Houston's unemployment rate is significantly below the national level.