As the global demand for energy increases, growth is expected for jobs in the energy industry. providing workers with good pay and job security for the future. Though the outlook on oil varies, tremendous growth is expected in the natural gas, nuclear, electric, and renewable energy fields. A wealth of information and resources for jobs in energy can be found at: Get Into Energy. Opportunities exist across all educational levels, from those with a high school diploma to professionals with advanced degrees.
Jobs in Oil and Gas
For jobs in oil and gas, growth will depend on consumer demand, public policy, and available reserves. Opinions vary on the quantities of untapped fossil fuels, but companies are being forced to drill in harsher environments and deeper water. While new extraction methods such as fracking and oil shales are controversial, technology should improve the yield and safety over the next five years. See the article Oil and Gas Workers for more information. The American Gas Association provides JobLine, for those seeking energy jobs in the natural gas industry.
Jobs in Nuclear Power
New nuclear power plants construction depends greatly on lawmakers in Congress, but for existing plants government grants and scholarships play a critical role in the development of a work force to meet the demand for skilled workers. The Nuclear Energy Institute provides a Fact Sheet: Commercial Nuclear Exports Mean Thousands of U.S. Jobs available for download.
While the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation provide grants to develop the work force to meet the need, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy are the primary agencies that support programs for energy jobs in colleges and universities.
The nuclear industry also partners with non-government organizations such as community colleges. The Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program provides an accelerated pathway to a job in the industry. Students that meet basic program requirements are awarded an industry-recognized certificate and are eligible for positions at their local facility or can transfer to other NUCP utilities.
Jobs in Electric Power
In cities and rural communities across the globe, job growth in this industry will increase. If you live in the city, apply at your local power company. If you live in a rural area or want to work in another country, the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association works with co-ops, bringing electrical power to communities across the world. The NRECA provides job opportunities in the fields of energy research and development, environmental policy, marketing and training and education. You can search for NRECA jobs and other job opportunities are available through Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.
Jobs in Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy
According to an article by the Association of Energy Engineers titled Green Jobs: Survey of the Energy Industry, a dwindling supply of energy professionals will drive hiring in this diverse energy sector. The non-profit AEE predicts that clean energy will become one of the world’s biggest industries, totaling about $2.3 trillion by the year 2020. According to a March 2011 CAP report, the results of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 support the prediction. While costing taxpayers about $7 billion, the act leveraged more than $12 billion in private capital and accounts for more than 13% of the jobs created by the Recovery Act. See also the AEE Survey of the Energy Industry 2012.
These U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics articles: Careers in Wind Energy and Careers in Solar Power provide overviews of jobs in the wind and solar sectors of the industry. Green Career Information provides articles and resources for energy jobs in the industry.
Energy is predicted to be one of the booming industries in the future, not only at home, but globally with the rapid development of emerging economies. If you are considering a career change, it is well worth researching jobs in energy.