Projected oil boom brings promise of new jobs in the Panhandle

AMARILLO, TX - As the oil industry is projected to boom, one major company is looking to fill positions here in the Panhandle region.

Patterson UTI drilling is looking to fill hundreds of positions in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma region.

"If somebody is seeking a new career and can travel and are willing to work hard, this is probably an area they can make more money than other jobs," Panhandle Workforce Solutions Director Trent Morris said.

The starting base salary for an entry level oil worker sits at just under $42,000 a year.

"Oil and gas jobs are a big part of the Texas Panhandle and we're pleased whenever we get the chance to increase employment numbers," he said.

Already several counties in the Panhandle have unemployment rates below 5 percent.

Economists' say that's due in part to the growing demand for oil workers.

The City of Pampa is known to house a lot of oil employees and couldn't agree more.

"The oil and gas industry has always been a staple here in Pampa and its economy and we're excited anytime we see a potential for the oil and gas industry to pick up," City of Pampa Public Information Officer Donny Hooper said.

A hiring fair for job seekers with previous experience will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Panhandle Workforce Solutions, 1206 West 7th.

Employees new to the industry should attend the Feb. 29th hiring fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.