What kind of jobs are there in Houston, TX?

People may think they need to be in the oil and gas industries to work in Houston, but there's much more to the metro area's economy. Houston is also home to almost two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Sysco and FMC Technologies. The region was ranked the top manufacturing metro areas in the U.S. The Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical campus, is home to more than 50 health care, education and research institutions. Houston is also an aerospace hub with NASA's Johnson Space Center.

The unemployment rate in the region is slightly higher than the national average, while the average annual income is higher than what residents of many other major metro areas make. Those with a specific skill set or advanced degree, such as in health care, aerospace or oil and gas, can earn as much as $200,000 a year.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.0 /10

How we calculate this.

Houston has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

0.1 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Houston

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k