Houston ranked best career city

Published On: Jan 30 2013 12:57:15 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 04 2013 08:37:22 AM CST

Jan. 3, 2013: Houston has been No. 1 on many lists over the years – like the fattest and most polluted. But now there's a No. 1 ranking everyone can be proud of – the best city for your career. Mary Benton reports.


The Bayou City has just been ranked the best city for your career when it comes to finding opportunity.

According to monster.com and the pay scale index, Houston is one of the top five cities in the country for your career in 2013.

Experts point to the relatively low 6.3 percent unemployment rate and 3.9 percent wage growth because of jobs in areas like healthcare and aeronautics.

The biggest book is oil and gas, which has had the most positive impact on wages in the city.

Graham Helfrick decided to make his mark in Houston a year and a half ago when he moved from Canada to work in an independent petroleum consulting firm in the oil and gas industry.

"Houston, because there's a lot of diversity. There is so many different parts in the oil and gas industry. You can work in the field, you can work in the office with people, or move around and try different things," said Helfrick.

Mayor Annise Parker said she's not surprised by Houston's strong showing. The city recovered earlier than most from the recession, although the local economy is not yet as strong as it was before 2008, said Parker.

"Jobs and sustainable development have been my number one priority for three years. Other than something stupid happening in Washington, which is possible, if the city of Houston is left alone, we're going to be doing fine," said Parker.

Helfrick said the cost of living in Houston is also a bonus.

"You don't have to live paycheck to paycheck. Even if your wage is the same here, it's like you're getting paid more because your dollar goes so much farther," said Graham Helfrick.

According to the study, popular jobs in Houston include petroleum engineer, petroleum geologist, and drilling engineer.


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