Shale development creates demand for environmental grads

Marcellus Shale development is impacting Pennsylvania’s economy and job growth. As the specialized industry continues to grow, there are more and more career opportunities available for recent graduates who studied the environment and natural resources, according to James Ladlee, extension educator and director of special initiatives for the Marcellus Education and Training Center, which is a collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport and Penn State Extension.

“In 2011, roughly 1,900 Marcellus Shale wells were drilled, likely requiring more than 25,000 direct employees and nearly 45,000 indirect employees,” Ladlee told reporters from Penn State Live. “State data show that since 2008, core jobs related to shale-gas development have increased by nearly 17,000 just in Pennsylvania.”

If you know of a high school junior or senior who is interested in environmental or natural resources study, there is an informational summer camp July 8 to 10 at the Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University.

According to the camp’s website, students will learn about the development of shale gas resources in Pennsylvania and the career and educational opportunities available after high school.

 

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