A career fair taking place on Thursday, May 4 is part of a larger goal for United Airlines to improve their job market.
Despite rumors of a recession, the company plans to continue adding jobs company-wide and locally. Earlier this year, United Airlines opened a new training center at George Bush Intercontinental Airport as part of its plan.
At the time, United Airlines had said they planned to train over 600 new-hire flight attendants every month. So far, they have added 2,100 jobs in Houston this year.
Kate Gebo is part of the United Airlines Human Resources team. She said the company hopes to increase that number with their job fair.
"We are hosting what is said to be our largest career fair thus far. Cause everything is bigger in Texas," she said. "Eight thousand participants have registered to learn about our flight attendant roles there."
According to the airline, there have been over 12,000 applications submitted for over 4,000 flight attendant roles which still need to be filled.
However, flight attendant roles are not the only jobs the airline is looking to offer. They are also looking to hire in markets such as customer service and tech. Gebo said the tech industry is a particularly important priority in the Houston area.
"What we're hearing from our customers is they want more self-service. And doing more of that on the app is really helpful to them," she said. "And so, we're looking for skill sets related to app development and then of course, cyber, because we want to protect all of our employee and customer information."
United is one of Houston's largest employers, according to the airline, with over 12,000 team members and more than 400 daily flights from Bush Intercontinental Airport.
"We've committed to using more staff than any other airline in the world," Josh Earnest, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for the airline, said.
The job fair starts at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Houston North at Greenspoint Drive.