Directory of Houston Professional Associations

Getting involved with a Houston professional association is an excellent way to launch or build your career. Many people who haven’t experienced the power of participation in a professional association don’t realize how beneficial the sense of community can be with others in your industry or field. Members tell each other about job openings, keep each other informed about occupational best practices, and support each other to be as successful as possible. Plus, they have fun. If you know any Houston professional associations that should be added here, please email me.

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Accounting, Banking, and Financial

American Payroll Association, Houston
Financial Executives International, Houston
Financial Planning Association of Houston (FPA)
Houston CPA Society
National Association of Credit Management, Texas
Texas Bankers Association

Advertising, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations

American Advertising Federation (AAF), Houston
American Marketing Association (AMA), Houston
Business Marketing Association (BMA), Houston
Editorial Freelancers Association, Houston
Houston Writers Guild
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Houston
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Houston
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Houston
Society for Technical Communication (STC), Houston
Texas Associated Press Broadcasters

Alumni Groups

Reveille Club of Houston (Texas A&M Alumni)
Rice Alumni Association
Southern Methodist University Alumni Association, Houston
Texas Exes Houston Chapter (UT Austin Alumni)
University of Houston Alumni Association

Arts, Music, Museums, and Photography

American Society of Media Photographers, Houston
Houston Civic Arts Association
Houston Professional Musicians’ Association
Society for the Performing Arts
Texas Association of Museums
Watercolor Art Society

Association Management

Houston Society of Association Executives

Building, Construction, and Real Estate

Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)
Houston Apartment Association
Houston Association of Realtors (HAR)
Houston Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
The Realty Investment Club of Houston

Computers, Information, Operations, and Records Management

Association for Operations Management (APICS), Houston
Association of Software Professionals
Houston Area Apple Users Group
Texas Library Association

Counseling, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
Employee Assistance Professionals (EAP) Association
Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers
Houston Counseling Association
Houston Licensed Professional Counselors Association
Houston Neuropsychological Society
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Houston Branch
Texas Counseling Association
Texas Psychological Association

Diversity and International

African Professionals Network (AfriPRO)
Asian Chamber of Commerce, Houston
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Houston
Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ)
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
Italy-America Chamber of Commerce
Japan-America Society of Houston
NAACP Houston
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), Houston
National Black MBA Association, Houston

Earth Sciences

Houston Gem and Mineral Society
Houston Geological Society (HGS)

Education and Childcare

Houston Association of School Administrators (HASA)
Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT)
Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators
Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators
Texas Licensed Childcare Association

Engineering, Science, and Technical Except Energy / Oil & Gas

American Chemical Society, Greater Houston Section (ACS-GHS)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), South Texas
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Houston
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, South Texas
Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Club (HESS Club)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Houston
International Society of Automation, Houston Section
Society of Plastics Engineers
Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT)
Texas Society of Professional Engineers

Energy / Oil & Gas

American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), Houston
Association of Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Houston Association of Professional Landmen
Pioneer Oil Producers Society
Society of Petroleum Engineers, Gulf Coast Section
Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, Houston

Entrepreneurship / Tech Startups / Self-Employed / Venture Capital

Houston Angel Network
Houston Entrepreneurs’ Forum
Houston Inventors Association
Houston Technology Center, The Entrepreneurial Capital
Houston TeXchange for Technology Entrepreneurs
MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Fund Raising, Grant Writing, and General Nonprofit Organizations

Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Greater Houston
Grant Professionals Association, Southeast Chapter
Grant Writers’ Network of Greater Houston
Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations

General Business Networking

After Hours Network
Greater Houston Partnership
Houston Business Cabinet
Texas Association of Business

Healthcare Except Healthcare HR and Recruiting

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Gulf Coast Chapter
Houston Area Association for Hospital Engineering
Texas Association of Community Health Centers
Texas Hospital Association
Texas Nurses Association
Texas Occupational Therapy Association
Texas Physical Therapy Association

Hospitality

Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston
Houston Area Restaurant Vendors Association (HARVA)

Human Resource Management, Recruiting, and Training

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Houston
Bay Area Human Resources Association
Greater Houston Recruiters Network
Houston Area Recruiter’s Network
Houston Compensation and Benefits
Houston Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
HR Houston
Texas Association of Healthcare Recruitment

Legal

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Houston
Houston Bar Association (HBA)
Houston Court Reporters Association
Houston Paralegal Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association

Management Consulting

Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMCUSA), Houston

Organization and Project Management

National Organization of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Houston
Project Management Institute (PMI) Houston

Parking and Transportation

Houston Transportation Professionals Association
Texas Parking and Transportation Association

Police, Firefighters, and Private Investigation

Houston Police Officers Union
Houston Professional Firefighters
Texas Association of Licensed Investigators

Regional

Brazoria Chamber of Commerce
Conroe / Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce
Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Houston
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
Galleria Chamber of Commerce
Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce
Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce
Houston Metropolitan Chamber (focusing on Southwest Houston)
Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
Houston West Chamber of Commerce
Midtown Business Network
West Houston Association

Women

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Houston Area Council
American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA), Houston
Association for Women in Computing (AWC), Houston
Federation of Houston Professional Women
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Houston
National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA)
Women’s Energy Network
Women’s Finance Exchange of Houston


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