Why should my child think about energy industry jobs?
In the past, energy companies did not have a difficult time recruiting. Many people heard about career opportunities through family and friends. With the excellent pay and benefits, those who accepted positions typically have stayed until retirement. But times have changed. 80% of energy-company employees are over 40 and 22% are over 50. It is expected that over half will be eligible to retire in next ten years. With the huge wave of retirement underway, there is a need to reach out to the younger generation and let them know about these opportunities.
What are the jobs that will have the most openings?
Based on feedback from energy companies, the four top priority skilled positions are lineworkers, technicians, power plant operators, and pipefitters/pipefitters. Power engineers are also in great demand.  Learn more about these jobs.
What types of benefits do they offer?
Energy companies offer some of the best benefits around. In addition to health and life insurance benefits, most provide 401k and a defined benefit plan.
Is there room for advancement?
As some say in the energy industry, ìyou can become anythingî at an energy company. There are stories upon stories of skilled craft employees who have moved up the ranks into senior management and have even become CEOs. However, this is not for everyone. Many love their careers as ìfirst respondersî and want to spend their time helping their co-workers and the public.
Will my child need a college degree in order to be employed?

The top priority craft positions do not require a college degree.

What if my child wants to get a college degree eventually?
Many workers decide to go back to school to earn their associate's degree once they get some on the job experience. Most energy companies will pay for the employee's higher education.
Are there any special courses my child should take in high school?

For the four highest priority positions, students will need Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Earth or Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These math and science courses are not only needed for the jobs, but also to pass the pre-employment test required at most energy companies.

See why students will need each of these courses for each of the highest priority positions:

Are there any special programs where students can go to an energy company and talk to their employees?
Yes. Many energy companies offer summer camps, job shadowing, mentoring, career days, or internships. Call your local energy company for more information.