Opportunities for All

The shale energy boom has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States in recent years, and economists and researchers expect this growth to continue in coming decades.

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that “nationally, over the past 10 years, there has been a 144 percent increase in (oil and gas) jobs occupied by both men and women, according to the BLS. In May, there were 310,600 employees in such occupations compared to 127,200 in 2004.”

Economic research firm IHS estimates that there will be an addition of "nearly 1.3 million direct job opportunities over the 2010-2030 period." Energy companies are looking to fill these newly created positions with the most capable applicants they can find and are drawing on an increasingly diverse pool of workers to find top talent.

The IHS report “Minority and Female Employment in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical Industries” predicts that “African-American and Hispanic workers will account for nearly 408,000 jobs or 32%” of these new positions by 2030. Additionally, IHS calculates that “by 2030, 185,000 women could be in” these new energy jobs.

While some might try to portray the American energy industry as hidebound and slow to embrace change, nothing could be further from the truth. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes women in the energy industry who explain their first hand experiences and rebut any notion that the industry is clinging to an old-fashioned mentality.

Nowhere are energy companies more dynamic than in North Texas, where large producers down to small mom and pop suppliers are creating opportunities for anyone who is smart, motivated, and willing to embrace the challenge of working in a cutting edge field. 

The face of the energy industry is becoming more and more reflective of America’s population and that is raising the talent and professionalism of the industry while helping more families in North Texas and other areas achieve the American dream.

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