This has been a fascinating week. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with people involved in and around the Utica and Marcellus shale area of Ohio about the oil and gas exploration and the impact on job creation. The information was/is staggering. According to the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, the jobs that are going to be needed in Ohio include 74 different job descriptions. Positions range from “roust-abouts” to CFO’s and everything in between. www.oogeep.org. I saw a tweet yesterday that read: “Welding is a STEM career – who would’ve thought?” Very true.
More importantly, Ohioans looking for jobs in the oil and gas exploration field need to be aware of the education and certification that is going to be required for many of the labor oriented jobs and field positions. The industry is presently working with a number of county joint vocational schools, community colleges, public and not-for-profit universities and colleges to design and certify new training programs and new degree programs to specifically align with the needs of the oil and gas industry and the Ohio ramp-up.
Those interested in jobs in the oil and gas exploration field should contact educational institutions in their area to see if they offer programs and courses that have been certified by the oil and gas industry or the American Petroleum Institute.
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