Introduction to Dallas: Careers & Education

Introduction to Dallas: Careers & Education

The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area (including the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington) is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. In fact, a quarter of all Texans live there. Dallas proper is the third largest city in the state, and the ninth largest in the U.S.

So, Dallas-Fort Worth is big, by any measurement. And so are the opportunities for students.

Business in Dallas

Historically, the Dallas economy was fueled by trade in cattle, cotton and petroleum. Today, these industries, combined with communications, engineering and manufacturing, help make Dallas the third most popular business travel destination in the U.S.

The metro area is home to the largest concentration of corporate headquarters in the United States, including 23 Fortune 500 companies. These include ExxonMobil, American Airlines and Kimberly-Clark. The number of Fortune 500 companies might explain the fact that Dallas has the ninth-highest concentration of billionaires (15). Neigboring Fort Worth has eight.

Referred to as "Texas' Silicon Valley", DFW is home to telecommunications companies like AT&T, MCI, and Sprint which, combined, employ over 40,000 employees in the telecommunications business sector.

Companies from other business sectors include 7-Eleven, Neiman Marcus, Greyhound Bus Lines, JC Penney, Nokia, Pizza Hut, and Texas Instruments. These companies and many more provide an incredible variety of employment opportunities for students in and around Dallas.

Education in Dallas

Due in part to its location at the crossroads in the south central U.S., between the Old South and the West, Dallas is a major hub not only for business and transportation, but also for education.

Dallas boasts several well-known colleges and universities, including Southern Methodist University, Dallas Baptist University, and Dallas Theological Seminary. And respected trade and professional schools like the Art Institutes, Le Cordon Bleu - Dallas, DeVry University and Argosy University can give students considering a new career a head-start.

"Dallas is really big on professional, technical and scientific services such as accounting, engineering, and law, as well as health services and education," says Jo Trizila, Director of Media Relations at the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce. "We see college grads going into all three of these growth areas but especially professional, technical and scientific services," Trizila continues. "Education and health services see a lot of new college grads, but also have a higher share of low skill jobs."

Economic demands may help you decide where to go. "Education and health have grown in significant numbers every year, even when the region was losing jobs as a whole," Trizila says. "We are seeing a shortage of skilled workers in healthcare and engineering."

As for the future of Dallas, Trizila comments, "Going forward, five business sectors will account for two-thirds of all job growth in the DFW. Those are education and health, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, local government, and financial services."

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