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Expats planning on working in Houston can anticipate becoming part of one of the USA’s fastest-growing business climates. Though the largest city in the Lone Star State isn’t often the first destination that comes to mind when imagining grand working opportunities, it's nonetheless one of America’s most consistent job creators. It claims a pioneering spirit that can contend with the likes of New York City and Chicago.
Job market in Houston
There are numerous multinational and Fortune 500 companies in Houston, not to mention the world’s largest medical complex and a prestigious aerospace facility. Needless to say, there are positions available across any number of industries.
Houston has historically been known as a global oil and gas capital. And although its economy has diversified in recent decades, its backbone is still built with 'black gold'. Those looking for a job in this sector would do well to move west to this former frontier. Otherwise, the healthcare industry is burgeoning, and jobs continue to increase in this sector.
Finding a job in Houston
There are many job portal sites online that expats can utilise to find a job in Houston. For those looking for a job prior to settling in Houston, recruitment agencies can assist with the process.
For expats already in the city, networking can go a long way towards finding one's ideal job.
Work culture in Houston
Regardless of which sphere of employment expats are interested in, Houston is home to a diverse population of local transplants and internationals, so they won’t find themselves limited by their ethnicity.
It may take some adjusting to the traditionally conservative outlook that aligns with Southern American values. Otherwise, the general belief seems to be that if a person works hard in Houston, they are bound to be successful. A strong can-do attitude prevails in the city, and a well-maintained infrastructure and transport system eases the difficulties associated with settling into a new workplace.
► For advice on the visa process, read Visas for the USA
► Those looking to start a business in Houston should read Doing Business in the USA
"Houston, being such a dynamic and diverse city, is not reliant on one particular industry which makes it great for jobseekers in this buoyant and growing economy." Read Vicky's Expat Arrivals interview for more.
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