Technology and innovation have breathed new life into the energy industry creating a need for students well versed in math, science, and computer science.
The natural gas boom has brought a whole new dimension to the future of energy and the jobs available. Students have begun to take notice of the changing job landscape and the opportunities available in energy. Educational institutions have also noticed this trend, and have altered or added programs and courses designed to prepare students for a future in energy.
While much of the energy sector’s hiring over the next decade will involve skilled and unskilled labor to operate drill rigs and tractor trailers, college grads with technical and advanced degrees will be needed to fill lucrative positions as engineers, scientists, and technicians.
A lot of the job creation in the energy sector will be because of domestic production of shale found in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Marcellus Shale covers an eight-state region. North Dakota will also be a state ripe with job opportunities in the Bakken Oil Field.
Educational requirements for energy jobs will vary depending on the level of expertise necessary for a job. Some will require high school diplomas, others two- or four-year college educations or technical degrees, and some will will require advanced degrees.
Here is a look at some of the opportunities:
Oil and Gas
Information technology specialists will be in demand with the increase of domestic oil and gas exploration and production. Jobs in this area will include petroleum, reservoir, and software engineers; database administrators; field service technicians; wireline operators; geologists; geophysicists; and geoscientists. Skilled labor will also be a big need. Jobs in skilled labor will include drill-rig operators; mechanics; welders. Unskilled laborers will be in demand as well, including truck drivers.
This specialized arena will skyrocket with the production of oil as professionals will be needed to monitor sites to ensure that energy producers are operating safely and are complying with federal, state, and local health and safety regulations.
As advances in the technology in solar energy increase, so could the damand for solar panel installers. There is also potential in the electric vehicle market, where IT specialists will be needed to design the components.