One of the rewarding things about being a teacher is to help students discover their strengths and interests and then explore career possibilities that would be satisfying and a good match with their abilities. There is a high demand for workers in the energy field to help provide our energy needs for the future. It’s estimated that by the year 2030 more than one-fifth of all Americans will be employed in the energy industry. There are many varied opportunities with excellent wages available. Here a few examples in the natural gas industry where over 600,000 people are employed (four times more than the coal industry, five times more than nuclear or solar, and eight times more than wind), with the possibility of one million new jobs in the next seven years.

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 to $75,000 a year.

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