Houston is a great city to be looking in for a new career right now – especially in professional and medical industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston is the top city for job creation and jobs regained after the recession. As of April 2014, the most recent data available, Houston had recovered 309 percent of jobs lost in the recession – more than 75 percent ahead of second-place Dallas.

The Texas Medical Center has helped push this job growth in Houston. As the city’s largest single employer and with a complex larger than some cities’ downtown economic centers, thousands of healthcare jobs open up each year as the big healthcare organizations in the city – Memorial Hermann Hospital, Methodist Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Kelsey Seybold Clinic, just to name a few – grow their current programs and expand into satellite clinics and hospitals in Houston’s suburbs. Methodist Hospital is currently opening a new facility in The Woodlands, and Memorial Hermann has been expanding its Katy and Sugar Land locations while working on construction on a new location in Cypress.

All of these hospitals – suburban and within the Medical Center proper – need qualified, educated healthcare staff to serve their patients. With such growth in the healthcare industry, it is a great time for someone looking to change careers or to start a new one in the nursing and medical fields.

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 Examiner.com.