It takes more than 420 workers from 150 different job types to drill one well into the Marcellus Shale, according to a study by Penn State’s Penn College of Technology. Some of those jobs require years of education and experience. For instance, the study says 4 percent of Marcellus Shale jobs are for lawyers, 3 percent are for engineers and 3 percent are for geologists. However, almost half of the 150 jobs types needed to drill a well — such as heavy equipment operator, truck driver and general laborer — don’t require two- or four-year degrees. Job opportunities are on the rise as companies tap into Marcellus Shale formations and their deep natural gas reserves. Some of these jobs can pay $60,000 to $70,000 a year — without the burden of $50,000 or more in student loans. As natural gas continues to expand, so do the needs for a local workforce with these skills that are going to be in demand by some estimates for the next 30-50 years.
Here is a list of just some of the jobs that are in high demand in response to the emergance of the Marcellus Shale/Gas Industry in Pennsylvania:
Below are some industry photos that reflect different job types involved in the Marcellus Gas Industry