Are Clean Energy Jobs on the Rise?

2017 saw a massive rise in clean energy jobs, with over 500,000 new positions added worldwide. For the first time, the total number of people employed in clean energy rose to 10 million.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), over 70 percent of these jobs are clustered in just six countries: China, Brazil, India, Germany, Japan, and the US. By 2050, the clean energy sector is expected to employ up to 28 million people worldwide.

Growth is expected to continue in this field in the years to come, as increasing environmental and regulatory pressures encourage energy companies to embrace clean energy options. Here’s what energy companies need to know.

1. Some Clean Energy Sectors are Growing Faster Than Others.

To date, solar photovoltaics has outpaced other forms of clean energy for growth, adding 3.4 million jobs worldwide in 2017 alone. About 90 percent of the world’s solar PV workers are employed in China, Japan, India, Bangladesh, and the United States.

Wind is a close second, employing about 1.15 million workers worldwide, 84 percent of which are clustered in China, Europe, and North America. As floating wind turbine technology continues to develop, the United States and other countries are expected to add considerably more turbines – and the workers needed to build and maintain them.

While biofuels currently employ only about 2 million workers worldwide, a growth rate of 12 percent in this sector over the past few years have turned ethanol and biodiesel into rising competitors.

2. Clean Energy is Taking the Place of its Predecessors.

There’s a common perception that closing older coal or nuclear plants is a net loss in terms of jobs. This negative perception can harm an energy company’s public relations and even its hiring.

However, the rise in clean energy demonstrates that jobs aren’t simply evaporating; rather, they’re adapting to the needs of a changing world. Companies that embrace this view and communicate it within their employment brands stand to gain a PR boost and to grab the attention of some of the best energy industry professionals available today.

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7 In-Demand Jobs in the Energy Sector

Job demand in the energy sector is constantly changing, requiring both job seekers and employers to be flexible and forward-thinking. Several positions, however, are currently in high demand as the industry shifts in preparation for upcoming energy opportunities and challenges. The “top seven” for the start of 2016 include:


Schedulers and planners work to ensure that energy industry projects happen on schedule, meet deadlines, and have the equipment and staff they need at crucial moments. This industry is expected to expand by 26 percent in the coming year, according to

Project Manager

Project managers wear many hats. Not only are they responsible for the smooth organization and execution of major projects, they may also be called in on a moment’s notice to “get their hands dirty” with an urgent task. As projects in the oil and gas industry expand once again, so will the need for experienced project managers.


Estimators are an essential part of the planning process. They calculate the costs of a project from design to completion and work with schedulers and managers to make sure budgets are met. Each project needs an estimator who can communicate across disciplines and resolve conflicts as well as crunch numbers.

I & E Engineer

I & E, or Instrument & Electrical Engineers specify which instrumentation, valves, electrical, and control system components are required to operate process equipment in the oil and gas industry. The best I & E engineers not only know the technical elements of their work, but can explain it to others as well.


Drafters convert the designs produced by engineers into technical drawings and plans, often with the help of specialized software. As much drafting work moves online, the ability to work collaboratively across a network as well as within specialized software suites is a must.

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design and develop custom equipment for oil and gas applications, test existing equipment, and handle challenges dealing with electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics.

IT Specialist

As in any industry, information technology (IT) is a must. Top concerns in the field include security and managing big data sets.

Job seekers and employers alike can benefit from working with a recruiter who specializes in the oil and gas industry. For job seekers, the benefits include having an experienced ally who knows the top employers in the industry and can help you find a great “fit” for your career goals and skills. For employers, a recruiter becomes a partner who knows your business’s specific needs and internal culture and recommends candidates accordingly.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in matching top talent with great job openings in the oil and gas industry. Contact us today to learn more!

2015 Energy Sector Hiring Trends

A reviving economy means upward growth in just about every industry. It’s certainly good news for the energy industry, which supplies the energy needed to keep all those businesses going from day to day. While hiring in the energy sector is expected to stay strong in 2015, pinpointing certain trends within the sector can help energy companies find the right people at the right times.

Here’s what to expect in energy-sector hiring this year:

Marcellus Shale production – and hiring needs – will continue to boom.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Marcellus Shale is one of the fastest-growing areas of the U.S. energy economy. Fast growth means fast hiring, and finding the right people to meet the needs for engineers, project managers, and other professionals has become a significant challenge for companies working in Pennsylvania and surrounding regions.

From 2007 to 2012, Pennsylvania climbed the energy-sector hiring charts to become second only to Texas in the number of employees working in the energy industry, according to the BLS. This growth is expected to continue into 2015.

Hiring engineers may take a backseat as cyber security becomes a major issue.

Online security and big data management are among the top concerns for industries across the globe, and the energy industry is no exception. Because they face unique challenges regarding security and threat detection, energy companies must also pour specialized resources into cyber security and data management – which means finding people with the right skills to develop, manage, and update these tools. Expect IT specialists to become the new “must-have” hires for energy companies in 2015.

Risk management and regulatory response will become an “all-hands-on-deck” situation.

Energy companies are no strangers to either risk management or the need to manage an ever-growing list of local, state, federal, and global regulations. But the days in which individual departments could target and manage their own risks are long gone. Energy companies in 2015 will need people who understand the risks and regulations and who can take an “interdisciplinary” approach, uniting and streamlining management efforts across departments.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our staffing partners make it their mission to identify and anticipate hiring trends in the energy industry. Contact us today to learn how we can put our knowledge to work for you.

Oil and Gas Industry Poised to Help Grow Your Career

The oil and gas industry is one of the few where demand for talent outstrips the supply. Industry leaders are well aware of this talent shortage and they are scrambling to find strategies to close the gap. Among these is the Appalachia Partnership Initiative.

Appalachia Partnership Initiative

The program promotes STEM education and workforce development throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

Chevron Appalachia, the Allegheny Conference, the Benedum Foundation and the RAND Corporation are partnering in a $20 million, four-year effort to create STEM programs in regional middle and high schools. The programs will include hands-on learning and teacher training and will dovetail with training in technical schools and community colleges.

This initiative will prepare young people for solid, well-paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree, but do need strong STEM skills such as science, technology, engineering and math.

Impact of Marcellus Shale

The development of horizontal drilling which allows gas companies to tap into previously inaccessible natural gas deposits has opened a whole new vein of opportunity for job seekers. This is just one source creating the recent boom in demand for skilled workers. Job openings in the oil and gas industry have increased by 40% in the last six years.

Opportunities for Everyone

There is a wide range of career opportunities available in oil and gas that require varying skills and education, including:

  • Engineering and surveying
  • Construction and earthmoving
  • Equipment manufacturing, service and repair
  • Environmental permitting
  • Water transport/wastewater management
  • Well servicing
  • General labor
  • Legal
  • Accounting and other professional services

Occupational Outlook

Why should job seekers who want to grow their careers consider the oil and gas industry?

  • Average earnings for oil and gas workers is nearly $40 an hour.
  • Petroleum Engineering was the highest paying college major in 2013.
  • Average starting salary with a degree in petroleum engineering is $103,000
  • Typical mid-career median salary for petroleum engineers is $160,000.
  • Petroleum Geologists are the second highest paid workers in the United States with a median pay of $183,000 a year
  • Reservoir Engineers are the third highest paid employees in the U.S. and earn a median annual salary of $179,000

Interested in pursuing work in the oil and gas industries? Contact FootBridge Energy Services. Our recruiters will help you identify training opportunities and promising job openings. Contact us today to learn more!

Why Pursuing Oil & Gas Jobs May be a Good Option

In an ever-growing world, energy demands are higher than ever – putting the question of energy development on every person’s mind. As opportunities in wind, solar, and other fields proliferate, many energy professionals and recent graduates don’t know where to look first. Should they venture into uncharted waters, or stick with established energy companies?

According to a recent article in the Oil & Gas Journal, the oil and gas industries are posting promising numbers for professionals seeking energy-industry work.

The article cites a 2013 study by Ernst & Young, which found that capital expenditures dropped 7 percent during the calendar year. Companies cited the reason for this decrease in capital spending: lower property acquisition costs and lower costs for exploration.

While these expenditures went down, spending on development went up – and so did oil and gas reserves, increasing 9 percent in 2013 alone.

What do these numbers mean? To start, they imply that energy companies are finding it easier to identify reserves of oil and gas and to tap into them, making it possible for companies to bring oil and gas products to market with less cost for development. Meanwhile, the fact of expanding development and the growth of reserves call for engineers and researchers who can carry out development tasks and find new ways to use these age-old energy products.

For established professionals looking for a career change or for recent graduates choosing their field, oil and gas businesses look promising. Business is booming, and work is available.

How do I Join the Oil and Gas Industry?

If you’re new to the oil and gas industry, start by connecting with recruiting firms that specialize in serving these companies. Your recruiter has spent years building a strong professional network and learning the “inside scoop” about company culture and practices in many of the strongest oil and gas businesses. He or she can help you find a company that not only puts your technical skills to use, but that also offers the right “fit” for your work style and personality.

Interested in pursuing work in the oil and gas industries? Contact FootBridge Energy Services. Our recruiters will help you identify promising job openings, learn more about the companies offering them, and brush up on your interview skills to make a great first impression. Contact us today to learn more!

Marcellus Shale Production Grows – and With it, New Jobs

Natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale region hit an all-time high recently. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia climbed to about 15 billion cubic feet per day in July 2014 – more than seven times the amounts produced in 2010.

The Marcellus Shale continues to be the most productive natural gas field in the United States, and right now, production is booming, bringing with it a number of new professional jobs in energy.

What Does Marcellus Shale Production Mean for Professionals?

According to a survey conducted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, about one in every four new jobs created by the Marcellus Shale production required the skills of an engineering or construction professional. About 83 percent of new hires came from the states that cover the Marcellus Shale, with Pennsylvania-based hires leading the pack.

Rather than leveling off, hiring has continued to grow and is expected to keep growing. Companies working on the Marcellus Shale estimate that they’ll need more than 2,000 new employees in 2014 alone. This means that more than five hundred new openings for engineers and other professionals will appear alongside jobs in construction, maintenance, and operations.

How to Turn Marcellus Shale Production Into a Productive Career Move

If you’re an engineer or other professional seeking a new position in the energy industry, the Marcellus Shale offers unprecedented options. Most of the newly created job openings are located in southwestern Pennsylvania, making them readily available to professionals who already live in the area and offering a great place to live for those who are planning to raise a family as well as to find a great career.

How can you land a great job in Marcellus Shale production? Start by connecting with a recruiter who specializes in placing professionals in the energy industry. The team at Footbridge Energy Services can connect you with employers who are looking for top talent to help them make the most of this exciting energy production opportunity. Your recruiter can help you polish your resume, target and fix weaknesses in your interviewing style, and find a company whose culture and technical needs are the right “fit” for you.

New Bill Poised to Boost the Nuclear Energy Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a “Clean Power Plan,” which seeks to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

The proposal, which includes new and existing sites, gives power plants 10-15 years to meet these guidelines. According to the EPA, these steps will:

  • Cut carbon emissions at a rate equal to that from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year.
  • Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25%.
  • Prevent as many as 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days.
  • Reduce electric bills about 8% percent by increasing energy efficiency.

This proposal shows promise for nuclear energy producers in particular. President Barack Obama was a longtime resident of Illinois, the state which produces more nuclear energy than any other. He understands that nuclear power is a clean and reliable alternate to energy sources with a larger carbon footprint, such as oil and coal.

According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy , the agency’s proposed carbon emissions rules are specifically designed to support nuclear plants that are struggling with profitability. She said the agency has focused on the plants in danger of closure because of competition from lower-cost energy sources.

What Does This Mean For Hiring In The Industry?

As the use of nuclear energy becomes more widespread, experts anticipate that it will be more readily accepted by the general populace, cementing its reputation as a reliable source for clean energy. Employers will need more help at all skill levels to keep up with demand.

The growing interest in nuclear power and clean reliable energy should provide a boost in business and an increase in high-paying jobs ranging from maintenance and construction to engineering and plant management.

Both employers and job seekers will need to remain flexible to keep up with demand. While some jobs will be long term, most will be contract-based. Job seekers will be expected to travel to where demand is concentrated. Employers will need to develop support systems to make transitioning from one location to the next simpler for contract employees.

Sourcing and hiring top nuclear energy talent will only grow more challenging as demand increases. Contact the renewable hiring energy experts at FootBridge Energy Services for help. Whether you are building a new facility or expanding an existing one, we can make it easier to remain fully staffed no matter what changes the industry brings.

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Energy Sector Conferences and How to Get the Most Out of Them

Whether you are an employer or a professional in the energy sector, there is much to be learned by attending conferences. They can be expensive in both money and time away from the office, so it’s critical that you make the most of each one you attend.

What Makes Conferences Worth Attending?

  • Industry-focused exhibits and discussions.
  • Expert-level presenters.
  • Displays of new and innovative technologies.
  • Opportunities to network with other professionals.
  • Plenty of engaged attendees.

Here Are Several of the Energy Sector’s Top Conferences:

Deloitte Energy Conference

This yearly conference in Washington, DC provides energy professionals throughout the world with a venue to discuss globalization, industry outlooks and other energy issues. Summaries of previous year’s conferences are available on their website.

Pipeline Week

Pipeline Week’s Conference will be held in Houston, TX this fall and will cover opportunities and developments in the oil and gas industry. Topics include increasing safety, reliability and profitability within the industry. Exhibitors this year feature providers of solutions and products for mapping, pipeline services, engineering, pipeline integrity, regulatory compliance, pipeline solutions, asset integrity, environmental issues, emergency management, damage prevention, and architecture & design. See last year’s show report here.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory (NRC’s) Commission’s Regulatory Information Conference (RIC)

This annual forum is hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to bring together attendees to share information, educate and learn about pertinent industry developments and opportunities. The conference is known for opening lines of communication between the public and the NRC staff. The conference is made up of technical sessions and keynote addresses, as well as opportunities to engage with industry experts in a variety of specialties. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for professionals to network and learn about key developments in the field of nuclear energy.

AACEI Annual Meeting and Conference

AACE International offers several opportunities throughout the year for their members to network, educate and learn about total cost management and developments in the industry. The annual meeting is held in the United States and is a three-day event filled with keynote addresses, presentations, and almost 100 sessions that delve into the nuances of total cost management. The organization also sponsors an international conference that brings together individuals from around the globe in a format similar to the annual meeting.

Making the Most of Your Conference Experience:

At the best conferences you will have opportunities to learn something new about your industry, build your network and uncover opportunities that you may not have found otherwise. Mingle, take plenty of notes and engage with other attendees. Speak to presenters offline if the opportunity is offered. Using social media such as Twitter to comment during the event will give you the chance to chat with other conference-goers and be perceived as a thought leader in the industry.

Be sure to follow up after the event as well. Visit the conference website for updates. Connect with people you met by asking them to join your network on LinkedIn. Or call or email them to further discussions begun at the conference.

In addition to attending conferences, one of the best ways to excel your career or connect with the industry’s best talent is by partnering with an energy sector recruiting expert. FootBridge Energy Services specializes in matching top talent to the industry’s best jobs and would welcome the opportunity to work with you as well. Contact us today to learn more!

Shale Fields Offer Jobs, Business Growth

Over the past several years, the outlook for new jobs in the United States has been a bit bleak. Our unemployment levels are still high, but it does appear that relief is on the horizon. For some, this relief comes from an unlikely source – the shale fields. This can be seen in Pennsylvania thanks to the Marcellus Shale fields where there has been tremendous growth, and it is anticipated that this growth could spread across the country.

Even though there is controversy surrounding this method of extracting oil, the facts bear out to prove that fracking is not as harmful to the environment as believed. In fact, this process ends up using less water than other methods and is considered to be cleaner.

The Energy Secretary for President Obama, Ernest Moniz, has clearly stated that even though the rest of the country’s job markets are still sluggish, jobs in this sector have grown an average of 40% over the past year. That is incredibly significant and points to a large economic recovery if these trends continue.

“Shale is creating hope and opportunity for communities that have long-struggled with the recent economic downturn,” said Steve Forde, vice president of communications and policy at the Marcellus Shale Coalition. “From the jobs that are being created along the supply chain and utility cost savings, to the wealth being generated for landowners and improved air quality across the region through the increased use of natural gas — the benefits are real and long-lasting.”

Forde isn’t alone is his beliefs that shale is the driving force behind creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities – and that it could create even more.

According to an editorial recently published in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette: “The naysayers who refuse to see anything positive from the natural gas drilling industry in our area see other things, but at a certain point those perceptions start to lack credibility. The industry has an obligation to respect the environment it is working in. To date, its track record on that locally has been very strong. As long as that remains the case, the Marcellus Shale activity in our region remains the most prolific economic generator in a half century.”

For those already in the energy sector, this is certainly exciting news, particularly for those seeking employment. For new college students uncertain which direction to take, shale may turn out to the big difference in their futures.

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Job Creation and the Marcellus Shale

The current conflict in the Ukraine and Crimean peninsula have highlighted the fact that many of the world’s countries are dangerously dependent on foreign sources for their oil and natural gas. The United States is definitely in a position where reducing our reliance on foreign oil is something that needs to be considered not only for national security, but also for the long-term economic impact that producing our own resources would have on our country.

Thanks to the discovery of Marcellus Shale and the practice of fracking, the dream of a self-reliant United States is completely possible. This process has produced numerous jobs, but there are still politicians and environmentalists who are overlooking the benefits and focusing on oft-repeated falsehoods regarding fracking as a practice.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently pointed out that, “Natural gas produced by fracking has boosted American industry by more than $100 billion and lowered CO2 emissions. This new resource is of critical importance. If you look at Pennsylvania, it’s amazing, in the Marcellus shale. They have gone from a very, very minor contributor to the national natural gas production, to nearly 20 percent in a remarkably short period. And as we know, that has had enormous economic benefits for the state. Obviously, New York will presumably take that as one of the factors to be considered in its decision.”

Moniz cautioned that, “Governor Andrew Cuomo should consider the economic prosperity fracking has brought to Pennsylvania as he weighs a ban in New York.”

By looking at how the Pennsylvania economy has boomed as a result of Marcellus Shale, it’s clear that other areas could benefit locally as well.

Universal Well Services president Roger Wills stated, “We were in on the ground floor of the Marcellus, saw that our customer seemed pretty excited about it, and read between the lines. We prefer to use local vendors, from the people building our buildings to Hagan Business Machines for the copiers we buy, to the Holiday Inn Express, where we have a training facility.”

Mark Turner, the executive director of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County pointed out that Universal Well Services is a great poster child for the benefits of Marcellus Shale. “They’re the prime example of how a company can benefit and has benefitted from the Marcellus, even without significant drilling here.”

Marcellus Shale has the potential to completely change not only our economic picture here at home, it has the potential to change how the world receives its oil and natural gas. Stabilization of the global economy is one clear benefit that would arise from the United States becoming a major producer and exporter of natural gas and oil.

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