According to the Greater Houston Partnership and the United States Department of Commerce, Houston is now number one on the list of cities who mass export merchandise of any kind to other countries. While Houston and the entire gulf coast is known for its oil production, it would not be nearly as successful if it did not have high-quality shipping options to move the refined product to consumers worldwide. But oil is not the only product which passes through the Houston Ship Channel. Industrial machinery, computers, chemicals and much more goes through our port every day.

Houston has seen a 5.6 percent increase in exports running through the city from 2011 to 2012 (the most recent year to have published figures), which accounts for more than five billion dollars in additional funds through exports. This growth rate is higher than nearly all of the cities in the top 10 and is more impressive due to the fact that Houston started out big and is still growing, rather than newer cities which are just establishing their main exporting infrastructure. Houston’s role as an exporter has expanded over the past eight years, even through the economic downturn, from $41.7 billion in 2005 to $110.3 billion in 2012.

What does this increase in exports mean for someone looking for positions in Houston? Because many companies ship items, this news is good for many sectors, including manufacturing, energy, chemicals and petroleum. Those who wish to find a new position should be prepared to discuss any experience you may have in international project management if they want to help a growing organization and take responsibility for how it would affect the company. Because companies are selling more products, they will be hiring more workers to help them complete the products in a timely and efficient manner.

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at


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