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By nature, the city's core industries (energy and all that support energy) have a heavy need for finance and accounting professionals, meaning companies can hire two to three times the accounting and finance staff a non-energy client would. And right now, all sectors within energy are hot, including oil and gas, production and exploration, shale plays, energy trading, utilities, oilfield service, and energy related technology.
With a large concentration of Fortune 500 companies across a diverse set of industries (especially energy and technology) headquartered in the city, Houston sees opportunity in the energy sector, including oil and gas, and real estate. As with Dallas, the city is also extremely livable, with many attractions and a fair cost of living.