Energy – GNO, Inc. Career Guide

Energy

The energy industry is comprised of the large energy companies that are household names such as Chevron, Valero, or Shell in addition to the hundreds of medium-sized and smaller service companies that work with and support these larger corporations. Oil and natural gas accounts for 60 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. In order to meet the growing demand for oil and natural gas, domestic production will provide hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs for American workers. In regard to natural gas alone, the industry provides approximately 600,000 jobs in the U.S. despite fluctuations in crude oil prices, these jobs provide middle class wages and long-term careers.

Contractors work with energy companies to provide a wide array of services and functions. For example, a contractor may provide well services for sites where drilling is complete or do “turnarounds”, which is a complete maintenance overhaul of a facility. Service companies provide just as many if not more job opportunities than the well-known energy companies within the region. It is important for individuals to widen their job searches to include companies of all sizes when they are beginning or transitioning into a career in the energy industry. Most of the job openings in the energy industry are for those with middle skills (more than a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s degree). These jobs provide competitive wages and benefits, while offering upwardly mobile career pathways if a worker is willing to work hard and continually upgrade their skills.

At a Glance

  • 31,970 JOBS IN THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS REGION
  • 17% GROWTH OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS
  • 58% OF JOBS REQUIRE MIDDLE-SKILLS
  • 13,286 PROJECTED JOB OPENINGS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS
  • MEDIAN EARNINGS FOR WORKERS ARE 1.2X MORE THAN ALL WORKERS IN GNO REGION

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Distribution of Skills

The energy sector requires more middle and highly skilled workers than the GNO economy overall making our deficit of skilled workers all the more pressing for this key industry.

What are middle and high skill jobs?

We define middle skill jobs as those that generally require some education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree. These postsecondary education and training requirements can include associate’s degrees, vocational certificates, on-the-job training, previous work experience, or generally ‘some college’ but less than a bachelor’s degree. High skill jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • 90% of Workers in the GNO Energy Sector are Middle- or High-Skilled Compared to 70% of GNO Workers Overall

Energy Top High-Skill Jobs

DescriptionEmployed in Industry Group (2018)Change (2018 - 2028)% of Total Jobs in Industry Group (2018)Median Hourly EarningsTypical Entry Level Education
Nuclear Engineers49130.3%$50.21Bachelor's degree
Chemical Engineers434102.3%$45.21Bachelor's degree
Industrial Engineers12570.7%$48.57Bachelor's degree
Mechanical Engineers7550.4%$41.65Bachelor's degree
Petroleum Engineers22251.2%$82.52Bachelor's degree

Energy Top Middle-Skill Jobs

DescriptionEmployed in Industry Group (2018)Change (2018 - 2028)% of Total Jobs in Industry Group (2018)Median Hourly EarningsTypical Entry Level Education
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers2,0767310.8%$33.76High school diploma or equivalent
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers126340.7%$14.18High school diploma or equivalent
Nuclear Technicians101160.5%$33.83Associate's degree
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers605153.2%$28.94High school diploma or equivalent
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners14120.1%$10.96High school diploma or equivalent

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