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Energy, medical and tech fields provide best opportunities for ETX jobs

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The economy is first and foremost on a lot of people's minds right now -- especially if you're on of the approximately 8% of East Texans who are out of work.

For East Texans on the job hunt, KLTV is hosting one of its two semi-annual job fairs today from 10 am to 1 pm at Tyler's Rose Garden Center.

Tom Mullins, President and CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council, says there are three big industries that are booming in East Texas right now.

"You're seeing a lot of activity in the oil and gas sector. The next one would be medical, and then I guess the third one would be technology, particularly telecommunications, internet, software," Mullins said.

Nabors Drilling USA operates 33 land drilling rigs in East Texas. They'll be at today's fair looking for a few experienced derrickhands and drillers, but they're mostly looking to hire entry-level floorhands.

"We're going to look for a good steady work background. so in other words, if you come to us and you've got a couple of years at each of your previous positions where you show stability and you're not job-hopping, then you'd be a good candidate for us," said Nabors Drilling USA HR Executive Tom Larkin.

It's a labor-intensive position -- a lot of standing and walking, climbing and cleaning the rigs, and a lot of time spent outdoors in the elements. On the other hand, Larkin says the job is well-paid, and with a 7-day on, 7-day off schedule, you're essentially off for half the year.

"Again it's a very good career for people. In other words, we promote from the bottom up. You can start as a floorhand and work your way right up to one of our district managers," Larkin said.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will also be looking to hire for a variety of positions at today's Expo. They're mainly looking for nursing, lab, clerical, and radiology candidates.

"Even in a down economy, the medical field normally sees growth. Now the medical field is not seeing as much growth as we have in years past when we've had a downturn, but there still is growth in the medical field. So even if you have a high school diploma all the way to a medical degree, there's likely something that's going to be open that you can apply for," said Trinity Mother Frances spokesman John Moore.

Another career expo will be held on Wednesday, November 16 in Longview.

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