Business activities associated with the North Central Texas oil and gas
industry have accelerated dramatically with development of the Barnett Shale
natural gas field—one of the largest natural gas fields in North America and the
largest in the state of Texas.
Improved recovery techniques and high gasoline prices this decade facilitated
increased drilling activity in the region, and that has substantially increased
job opportunities for those with the right kind of training.
Shale accounts for 55,385 permanent jobs in the 14-county region. The total
effect on business activity includes $5.1 billion in annual output (Perryman
From a regional perspective, despite state and national numbers that indicate
a downturn in oil and gas employment, there will be a positive change in
employment rates for Cooke and Montague counties and the entire North Central
Texas College service area. For Cooke and Montague counties, there will be a
+6.61% change in the number of jobs in the oil and gas industry by 2017. The
NCTC service area will see a +8.05% change in jobs in the oil and gas industry
(CC Benefits, Inc.). Barnett Shale has resulted for Cooke and Montague counties
in real gross product gains totaling $435 million and $136 million respectively.
Further, 4,794 Cooke County jobs are linked to Barnett Shale, while an
additional 1,657 jobs will impact Montague County. (Perryman Impact Study).
North Central Texas College is aligned with three Workforce Development
Boards (WBD) – Texoma, North Texas and North Central – all who have identified Petroleum Technology as a targeted industry for North Texas in 2007. This
trend is expected to continue well into the next decade. Further, the Energy
Industry is cited by the Texas Workforce Commission as a cluster with demand
A consortium of energy industry organizations, in an effort to increase labor
pool capacity for the North Texas oil and gas industry, requested an alliance
with North Central Texas College to provide educational programs.
Representatives of 14 organizations—including industry partners Complete
Production Services (CPS); EnCana U.S.A., Inc.; and
Energy Service Company of Bowie—have worked closely together
with North Central Texas College and advistory board members to identify
critical needs. Employers expressed a substantial need to increase the existing
labor pool for oil and gas industry technicians, as well as providing advanced
cross-training topics for incumbent workers. Respondents to need assessment
surveys stated that new employees are consistently required, while 1,177
additional workers would be needed by 2013. In addition, these organizations are
in dire need of commercial drivers, with a need to fill 200 anticipated
vacancies in the next five years.
This group of employers alone support a substantial labor pool in Montague,
Cooke, Wise, Denton, Tarrant, Parker, Hood, Jack and Grayson counties—with a
prominent payroll. CPS is the largest single employer in Cooke County with
2,200. Energy Service Company of Bowie is one of the top employers in Montague
County with more than 250 employees. EnCana employs 1,600 workers within the
USA, with 300 of those located in Texas and specifically 45 in the North Texas
Program graduates with no prior field experience in the oil and gas industry
experience would enter core jobs such as Floor Hands with anticipated annual
salaries of $40,000. Those already in the field who have moved progressively up
job tiers have the wage capacity for $95,000 as Tool Pushers. Additional
education at the university level will allow movement into roles including upper