Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling are creating jobs in Pennsylvania and impacting the region’s economy.
Every well exploration and extraction, which involves searching for gas and drilling, creates temporary jobs. The production and delivery phases create long-term and permanent jobs with the workers having an average wage of $76,036 per year, $30,000 more than the average state worker. Each well requires at least 400 workers encompassing 150 professions.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently reported that 229,000 people in the state work in the Marcellus Shale industry. The most common jobs in the industry are in equipment operation, engineering and construction, operation and maintenance, and administration. Other industries such as trucking companies, real estate and steel are also being impacted.
For people who are interested in working for the industry, know that there is a “safety first” mentality, travel is required, as well as being able to handle non-traditional work hours.