One of the industries still growing in the United States, despite the recent dip in gas prices, is the oil industry. Thanks to the increased number of fracking jobs in places such as PA and the Midwest, more and more people are able to find work. This number has the potential to increase quite a bit once the Keystone XL pipeline’s final stages get underway. People love the idea of getting into this field for several reasons. First, it offers a different type of experience from their current job. Second, the pay can be very good. In fact, many who are just entering the field can be making $50,000 or more a year.
More and more companies are starting to look for workers, and they state that they want to find women to fill the roles. Large companies, as well as smaller companies, have this same sentiment. It is no longer just a man’s field. As long as the worker, male or female, has the skills and the drive to do the job, they could find work here.
The demand is so great that some colleges in different areas around the country are actually creating certificate programs and associate programs to get people up to par on the type of work they will be doing. This will help prepare them for this growing field and get them into the workforce quickly. With the potential to make so much money with a relatively short education period, it becomes very attractive for many. The School of Petroleum and Natural Gas has even seen something of an uptick in the number of women attending. Nearly 14% of the students are female. While this might not seem like much, the number has been growing.
One of the big questions that the men and women considering getting into the field ask is whether the boom will last. As with any job boom, there will be a tapering off period, and this will certainly happen with oil production. However, that should not occur for some time, and the training and skills that they receive can help them to find jobs at other companies in the same field or a similar field in the future. Those who want to get into the industry at the ground level may find that right now is the best time to get training and get a foot in the door.
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