It is simply impossible to overlook the thousands of jobs which have already been created thanks to the Shale boom. Two-thirds of Pennsylvania has an underground layer of Marcellus Shale and the play extends into portions of New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio as well.
With current projections indicating an increase of drilling statewide, the bottom line is there is a lot of work to be done and plenty of opportunity for employment.
The current figures estimate a minimum of nearly 19,000 jobs by the year 2014, with a maximum figure of over 30,000. These figures are jobs which are directly related to the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale – and this does not just mean jobs in the field. To bring a single Marcellus well on line requires 420 individuals across 150 different occupations. What this means is that regardless one’s education level of expertise, there’s going to be a place to work.
You might wonder what happens when the wells have been drilled and completed – what happens to employment? According to estimates by university scientists, exploration companies, production companies and the Marcellus Shale Coalition, wells will be producing gas for thirty plus years. Environmental and health standards must be monitored throughout the following decades; this requires a dedicated staff. There is a need to monitor the wells to make sure production is at maximum capability. There is no way to extract natural gas without thousands being placed into long-term employment.
Below is a graph tracing the increase of wells into the year 2014:
PA Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment