Jobs in the natural gas industry vary widely, so there are many education tracks that one can pursue. From well-tenders to rough necks, truck drivers and landscapers, to lawyers and environmental scientists, there are opportunities for just about every profession in the natural gas industry. Just about every job requires a high school diploma, while most of the advanced opportunities require additional training and post-secondary levels of education.
Recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted the opportunities at one community college in southeastern Pa.:
Last year, officials from Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry were talking with representatives of Community College of Philadelphia about emerging areas in the job market… State researchers believed the economic benefits of Marcellus Shale natural gas development were going to radiate across the state, Hearthway said. “And we wanted to make sure that people were trained and ready for the opportunities that were coming.” The outgrowth of that conversation is the college’s Energy Training Center, whose creation will be announced Thursday by president Stephen M. Curtis. The center will offer career, certificate, and academic programs in the energy field and work with employers on workforce development… [T]he college aims to prepare students to work for local companies doing Marcellus-related work, such as legal firms, engineering firms, and suppliers… The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the natural gas industry trade group, has chipped in $15,000 for scholarships. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/15/12)
For those interested in learning more about employment opportunities in the natural gas industry, consider visiting our Job Portal which lists open positions with our member companies: marcelluscoalition.org/job-portal/find-a-job/.