A Faith-Based University in Houston
REASON 3: Houston is a Megacity Brimming with Opportunity
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and the Energy Capital of the World. It was the first word that was said from the moon. If Houston were an independent nation, it would have the world’s 30th largest economy.
In 2015, more than 55 million passengers utilized Houston’s three-airport system, and 10 million of those were international travelers.3 Houston speaks more than 145 different languages and has the third-largest Mexican and Hispanic populations in the nation.4 With the exception of New York City, Houston has more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other U.S. city, and the Port of Houston ranks first in US international waterborne tonnage (according to Houstontx.gov).3 Houstonians eat out more than people of any other U.S. city and have access to world-renowned cultural and artistic accomplishments in the large museum and theater districts. In 2016, Houston added 3.4 million square feet of retail space, which should translate into retail jobs this year.5 Furthermore, Houston is one of only five megacities in the nation that house half of the new businesses that have started since the late 2000s recession; those new businesses are the primary driver for job creation.6
From 2014-2015, Houston came in just behind New York in population growth, ranking number two. The total population of the City of Houston stands at 2,296,224, according to census numbers. data from 2015 showed that the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX metropolitan area has a population of 6,656,947 people. Even with the drop in oil prices, people continue to pour into Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston is the biggest city on the list of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation, and people are coming here for jobs and the low cost of living.
HBU graduates enter the international workplace of Houston as it brims with opportunities for flexible and adaptable young employees. Because of HBU’s location, students have an edge through local internships, shadowing and networking opportunities with major employers. From healthcare and business to energy and education, HBU alumni are scattered across the city with more than half of HBU alumni still in the Houston metro area. They are here because Houston is resilient with a long history of innovation, entrepreneurism and hope.
When students attend HBU, they are pursuing degrees that prepare them for one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
Essentially, Houston is a powerhouse of business, energy, technology and healthcare—the perfect place for students to grow and learn.
The world’s largest medical complex—the Texas Medical Center—sits within Houston’s inner loop and employs approximately 106,000 healthcare professionals as hospitals continue to grow and expand throughout the metro area. One recent HBU nursing graduate reported an annual starting salary of more than $60,000, which is just a sample of the healthcare employment opportunities available in this city. Entry-level teachers in Houston make an average of $50,000 a year, considerably higher than the national average of $35,000.
Of the more than 10,000 HBU alumni on LinkedIn, nearly 8,000 are in the Houston area. Of those who are here, 1,000 work in education; 700 work in business development, and nearly 700 work in healthcare services. Other
careers cited include sales, entrepreneurship, operations, community and social services and human resources. Top employers include school districts, hospitals and energy companies. The sheer size and growth of Houston translates into diverse opportunities and career paths.7
Pay info from Payscale.com
For stories of success, perseverance, and growth, read Houston through the Years, a history book by the Houston Chronicle.
4. https://www.visithoustontexas.com/about-houston/facts-and-fi gures/
5. Houston chron Jan 22, 2017
6. http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2017/02/01/the-fi ve-megacities-where-business-startups-have-boomed/