We all know that the surge in U.S. oil and gas production is creating jobs around the nation. But did you know that many of those jobs are being filled by women and minorities?
It’s true. In 2010, a quarter of all the jobs supported by oil and gas production were held by minorities. By 2030, those numbers are expected to rise to one-third, according to a new study by IHS Global.
Women are also filling many new energy jobs. Up to 1.3 million jobs in the oil and gas industry could be created by 2030. Of those jobs, women may fill as many as 185,000, hopefully more.
Pointing to the study Paula Jackson, president and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy said "these jobs in the oil and natural gas industry don't just put people to work, they help to transform communities."
Keep in mind, however, that this job growth depends on good policies at the federal and state level that encourage energy production. If the government takes actions that stifle oil and gas development, we won’t see these good-paying jobs created. That’s why it’s so important that Energy Citizens continue fighting for commonsense energy policies. The jobs of millions of people throughout our nation depend on a strong energy industry.