Natural Gas Jobs Continue to Flow in Pennsylvania
Napsha, Joe, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Andrew Tkach of Murrysville, an electrical engineer who became a victim of his employer's cost-cutting measures 18 months ago, is hoping that Western Pennsylvania's boom in natural gas exploration can be his chance to get back to work.
"Marcellus shale looks like the next big opportunity," Tkach said Wednesday.
Tkach was among more than 100 people from the natural gas industry, supply companies, work force development professionals and educators at the Marcellus Shale Coalition's Workforce Summit at California University of Pennsylvania. They talked about employment needs of companies exploring for gas in the state, as well as job training and educational programs that can meet the demand for workers.
An industry-funded study by Penn State University on the impact of natural gas development projected that Pennsylvania will have 88,000 jobs by the end of the year created directly or indirectly by the $7 billion industry.
Between 12,000 and 13,000 people are directly employed by gas companies involved in production in the Marcellus shale region in the state, said Matt Pittzarella, a spokesman for Range Resources Corp., a major exploration and production company.
The industry is looking for engineers, technicians, lawyers, geologists, environmental scientists, government affairs representatives and land purchasers, among other positions, said Kara Peterson, a recruitment specialist for Range Resources, and Michelle Pusateri, supervisor of workforce development for Consol Energy Inc., both of which have offices in Cecil. …