Careers in the Natural Gas Industry
What’s in your future?
Energy is the ability to do work; how would you like to work with energy? The energy industry is a growing job market with good pay and job security. Along with a good variety of jobs, there are opportunities to work in interesting places around the world. The natural gas industry currently employs over a half million people. These jobs range from high-tech jobs requiring advanced degrees to jobs requiring a high school diploma; some are office jobs, some require working outdoors. So whether your strengths are science, math or public relations, there could be a rewarding career waiting for you in the natural gas industry. Here are a few possibilities to get you thinking.
Natural gas technician or field operations mechanic is a person who responds to customer requests for service. He or she turns natural gas on or off and locates underground pipelines to safely repair or replace equipment. Starting with a high school diploma, one can earn about $26,000 a year. A specialist with advanced training and several years of experience can make up to $75,000 per year.
Customer service representative is a service agent, at least 18 with a high school diploma. He or she works a flexible schedule and assists clients with inquiries, billing issues and service requests. Salaries range from $30,000 to $55,000 annually.
Engineers are problem-solvers who work with industrial gases, leading projects, collecting data, improving productivity and supporting environmental, health and safety activities. An engineering degree in chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering is required. An engineer would earn a yearly salary of $49,000 to $130,000 depending on experience and expertise.
Natural gas scheduler schedules natural gas pipelines, monitors processes and ensures delivery. A scheduler needs a bachelor’s degree, experience and a proficiency in communication and computer programs. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment is important as well as excellent math and business skills. A scheduler earns between $50,000 and $75,000 a year.