Oil & Gas Jobs in South Texas Are Abundant

Only 15% of South Texas oilfield jobs added by 2021 will require a college degree
Eagle Ford Event Registration Line Photo

Registration line at a recent Eagle Ford Expo | Click to Enlarge

Oil and gas jobs in South Texas are abundant. From gate guards to industry sales reps and engineers, there’s a flood of new people running the roads of South Texas and more open positions than companies can find qualified people for. The Eagle Ford Shale oil boom has added oil and gas jobs in South Texas at a rate no one could have predicted.

Pioneer Natural Resources, an Irving, Texas-based driller, has hired 400 people in the South Texas area in the last two years, says Joey Hall, vice president in charge of Pioneer’s South Texas Asset Team.

About 75% or a little more of Pioneer’s workers are located in the field and contractors employ another 1,000 people who help build rigs and move crude.

The story is similar for Conoco who added more than 500 jobs between its Texas plays and North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. Over 50% of Conoco’s hires were engineers, but most jobs in the field don’t require a college degree.

About 15% of the 54,000 new jobs expected in the Eagle Ford shale by 2021 will require a college degree, and a little more than 10% will require direct experience in the energy business, Tunstall said.

Read more in an article from South Carolina’s wltx.com.


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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

Managing Editor at EagleFordShale.com
R.T. is the managing editor of EagleFordShale.com. In prior roles, he advised major oil companies on strategy, the macro business environment, and opportunity screening. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790


  1. Kim Wyatt says:

    Mr. Dukes,

    I have been following Eagle Ford Shale for some time in the hopes of making connections or contact with a supervisor or manager for any of the transportation companies in Eagle Ford. There was a post on LinkedIn last week announcing the Eagle Ford Expo however, the post was 2 days prior to the expo! Needless to say, we didn’t have a chance to get to the region. Would you have a list of the companies that provide transportation in the shale area, whether it is for hauling in or out? Thank you!!

  2. Tom Kirchner says:

    Are there any faq’s ( frequently asked questions) pages where a person could get a little information? I would like to consider a job there but there is no info on who or how to contact a Company? What will it cost to stay at a Camp? Is there a waiting list to get into a camp? So many questions. Thank you. TK

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