As reported by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the poverty rate in Texas has been falling in recent years and Texas is one of only two states to have its poverty rate decrease between 2011 and 2012. The rate fell from 18.5 percent to 17.9 percent in 2012, a solid improvement and a sign that the recession is ending for many Texas and Houston families, not just those who work in the more lucrative professions.

With this improvement in Texas, while the poverty rate and annual median household income remained stagnant on the national level, it is a good time for Texans to be looking for improvements in their own household incomes.

Houston ranked in the top five for median household incomes across the state, which shows a good level of employment for all Houstonians and is a good sign for those who are looking to gain a new position.

Those who are qualified to work in a law office may want to look for positions in the legal field in the coming weeks and months. According to LawCrossing, the industry overall is looking to hire many new paralegals, legal assistants, lawyers and legal secretary positions.

While hundreds of thousands of positions are available nationwide, there are hundreds of open positions currently listed on Houston job boards and hundreds more expected to be forthcoming over the next few months. Wherever there are communities and people, lawyers and their associates will be needed to help settle contracts and take care of other legal matters, so a career in the legal field could be a great place for a new job seeker to start.

Because of Houston’s connections to big Fortune 500 companies and the large international shipping trade, the city will always need to have well-trained workers in the legal field.

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