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Old 09-04-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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I plan on moving to Houston in a month or two. Eventually I plan on applying for the Houston police department but in case that process takes too long or fails outright, I will need a job to support myself.

So how is Houston's job market? Specifically in the areas of IT, Biotech/Science or Gov't work.

I have a college degree in a science field and have studied a couple of years as a graduate student (also in the sciences). Also, worked in Silicon Valley for 4 years as a systems administrator (pretty competitive resume imo).

I searched Craigslist and Houston's job market seems fairly healthy in the fields I listed above but Craiglist might not be a good barometer.

What's your opinion on Houston's job market and the local economy in general?

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Old 09-04-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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HPD has been recruiting actively, so I don't know that it would take too long to get on there, or at least not

It's been said that Houston's job market and economy is better than most places, but nowadays that's not saying too much. I wouldn't use craigslist as any sort of indicator. Just come down here with a little bit of extra money to live on while you look for work.

There's IT and biotech - maybe look at the Texas Medical Center, but it can be hard to get a job there quickly unless you know somebody. It's rather competitive.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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I'm a programmer. Overall IT opportunities are excellent in my opinion. Assuming your SA skills are reasonably current you should have no problem getting a job in that area - likely within a week. I moved here in January and had 3 job offers in 2 weeks. Offers - not interviews.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Houston's economy is primarily based on these things, Oil/Gas, Energy, Exploration, Engineering, Petro Chemical, Manufacturing, Shipping, & Medical.

As of now, the economy is booming, especially with the price of oil well over $100 a barrel. People are buying expensive things & living well in Houston. I don't think the word "recession" is ever mentioned around Houston in what is considered hard times for the rest of the country. The 4th largest cities' economy has diversified so much that a dip in the price of oil wouldn't really have a major impact like it did during the oil bust of the 80's when Houston really suffered.
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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Houston's economy is primarily based on these things, Oil/Gas, Energy, Exploration, Engineering, Petro Chemical, Manufacturing, Shipping, & Medical.

As of now, the economy is booming, especially with the price of oil well over $100 a barrel. People are buying expensive things & living well in Houston. I don't think the word "recession" is ever mentioned around Houston in what is considered hard times for the rest of the country. The 4th largest cities' economy has diversified so much that a dip in the price of oil wouldn't really have a major impact like it did during the oil bust of the 80's when Houston really suffered.
Thanks, good insight.
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, really helpful.
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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As of now, the economy is booming, especially with the price of oil well over $100 a barrel.

<SNIP>

The 4th largest cities' economy has diversified so much that a dip in the price of oil wouldn't really have a major impact like it did during the oil bust of the 80's when Houston really suffered.
In one sentence you say the economy is great because the price of oil is high. In the next sentence you say a decline in the price of oil won't have a major impact on the economy. Which is it? If it is such a big factor in strengthening the local economy then the reverse must be true....when it goes down it will hurt. Will it hurt as bad as the 80s? Probably not, but make no mistake about it, it will put Houston into a recession.
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:38 AM
 
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As of now, the economy is booming, especially with the price of oil well over $100 a barrel.
Not that the local economy is going to collapse by any means with oil coming down, but Friday it closed at $106.23/bbl. (http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080905/oil_prices.html?.v=22 - broken link) Depends on what you call "well over $100" I guess.

Rather than a crash or a "bubble burst" like in the '80s, it's been more like a slowly deflating balloon. I don't think we'll see oil fall to lows as it did ~23 years ago, not with the level of political instability in oil-producing regions right now.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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If oil falls under $40 or NG under $4 then Houston is gonna hurt really bad.

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Old 09-06-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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We were recently under 80 dollars a barrel and the economy was fine here. I don't get your doom and gloom at 80 dollars. Under 40 the pinch is felt.
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