PECOS -- Crude prices continue to rise and the oil economy is slowly but surely bouncing back in the Permian Basin. In fact, oilfield vacancies have been recently opening up in the area.
Thursday dozens of oil companies came together for a job fair in Pecos and many of them weren’t just looking for a few good men to fill their openings.
“The oilfield is a man’s world,” Job Seeker Julana Bennett said. “But as a single parent trying to make ends meet and not having child support you really can’t get very far without having something for you.”
So in 2013, Bennett starting driving big trucks in the oilfield, but after the economy took a turn for the worst she found herself unemployed.
“Whenever it took a dive a couple of years ago, I thought maybe I would get out of the oilfield and go to college,” Bennett said.
But, after attending college for a year, Bennett decided to drop out. Now, she’s trying again in a field that served her well and paid the bills.
Thursday, she walked from booth-to-booth at the Pecos job fair and there she discovered her services we’re in high demand.
“I can almost guarantee that I’m going to get a job because a lot of people that I’ve talked to they’re ready for me to fill out an application here and now,” Bennett said.
There were about 20 companies at the job fair including Key Energy Services, Ryder, Light Tower Rental, Fluid & Equipment Transport LLC, Big D Construction Company and more. And, each company is looking to fill at least 15 or more vacancies for CDL drivers, technicians, and more.
“I think there is so much business coming into the Permian Basin in general, and specifically the Pecos area,” Mark Beckstrom, Light Tower Rental vice-president of human resources said.
With those companies and more hiring again the future is looking bright for the oil industry in West Texas and Texans couldn’t be happier.