Go for the Power! High Paying, Challenging Jobs in the Energy Industry


Go For The Power! High Paying, Challenging Jobs in the Energy Industry    |
Published in the May / June 2013 issue of print
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Want a job with a bright future? The energy industry is the place to go. Most segments of the industry are growing, and there is a demand for new workers across the country. Much of the growth is due to recent oil and gas development that could bring in hundreds of billions of dollars in investments and make the United States energy-independent for decades.

All this talk of growth may sound strange, because the industry was in turmoil just a few years ago. In 2008, there was a deep recession, natural gas prices were high, and jobs were being exported to China. But now there is an oil rush in North Dakota, and the industry is using new technology to find and extract oil and natural gas in faster, cleaner, and more efficient ways. The U.S. energy industry also supports a substantial number of jobs beyond those actually producing energy because energy production has a long and extensive supply chain.

Innovations in the generation of electric energy from renewable sources have also contributed to job creation and economic growth. A survey released by The Solar Foundation in late 2012 indicated that, over the past 12 months, there were 13,872 new solar workers in the solar industry, an increase of 13.2 percent. During the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent.

People who work in the energy field tend to have a lot of job security because energy plays a vital role in our economy. Energy use rises each year, despite all of our efforts to conserve it.

Because every part of the United States uses electrical power, energy jobs exist in just about every location. So patient job hunters should be able to find opportunities wherever they prefer.

Careers in the energy sector range from line workers, operators, dispatchers, engineers, customer service workers, and mechanics to information technology workers, accountants, human resources personnel, and more. Like companies in other industries, energy firms need employees who can keep computer networks running smoothly, get the bills paid, and hire and retain the right personnel.

Many energy jobs require both manual and mental skills. A good understanding of tools and basic mechanics is a must for most people who work out in the field. Problem-solving and communications skills are helpful at every level, and employees with science and math backgrounds tend to have easier times securing positions. Some energy jobs require off-hours shifts and possibly being on-call, especially during abnormal events such as power outages.

If you’re concerned about injuries or dangerous assignments within the energy industry, don’t be. The industry has fewer injuries than the average for all industries. Federal and state regulations ensure that all energy organizations take extra precautions when it comes to keeping their employees – and their customers – safe.

About the Author

This article was written by Lisa Dunster