Oil & Gas Jobs in South Texas Are Abundant

Only 15% of South Texas oilfield jobs added by 2021 will require a college degree
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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. [Read more…]

Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale – UTSA Study

UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development is releasing its latest study at two luncheons. One on May 9 in San Antonio and another in Cotulla on May 11.

Here are the highlights from the San Antonio event:

In 2011:

  • Eagle Ford Shale development supported almost 50,000
  • Total impact of the play was $25 billion
  • Companies paid $3.1 billion in salaries related to the play’s development
  • 14 county core area has seen average salaries rise 27-34% across the board

In 2021:

  • Total economic impact could range from a low case of $25 billion to a high case of $96 billion
  • Eagle Ford could support 117,000 jobs. More than 2.5 times current employment

On a side note:

  • UTSA inherited 5,000 acres years ago and is getting royalties from one lease that is paying $25,000 per month. The money is going straight to scholarships
  • All statistics were taken from a mid-case or moderate view of development. If the high case comes to fruition, the play could contribute even more to South Texas.

Tom Tunstall and crew did a great job presenting the findings. We’re blessed to have great resources like the Institute of Economic Development right in our backyard.

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You can read more about the study at utsa.edu

Eagle Ford Opportunities – Governor’s Small Business Forum Highlights

Forecasts For the Eagle Ford Are Increasing - Operators Are Increasing Their Hiring Efforts

Opportunities of the Eagle Ford Shale, part of the Governor’s Small Business Forum, was the title of the event in La Vernia on March 20. It was a great opportunity for small businesses to hear directly from operators in the area and to get bits of advice for working with the industry. ┬áIf you’re interested in future events, you can track future gatherings at our Eagle Ford Events & Conferences page. I’ve included a few highlights/notes from the various speakers below: [Read more…]