CAREERS IN ENERGY

The BP oil spill really sucks…

I believe they are trying everything they can to minimize the disaster that will hit some of the coastal areas, especially in the gulf coast. I’m no energy expert, that’s for sure.. I don’t have a clue how things are made, taken apart and put together and all that stuff. But what I do know is that every time I visit a high school and see top jobs listings, or read careers magazines, I always seems to run into an article about energy jobs. Top jobs listings always indicate some sort of energy related job as one of the best occupations as far as hiring possibilities.

Now, I never really thought about the amount of energy we all use, since this oil spill. Everybody is talking about it. Sure oil has its primary function, but energy is all around us. Again I will never pretend to know anything about this, but I did some research and actually found a magazine titled InDemand. This magazine focused on all energy jobs and I wanted to provide you all with a great list of the kinds of jobs that you might consider.

But first things first…

Let’s consider a few things here. Many of you probably have no idea of the kinds of obs that are available in the energy sector. Nor may you realize just how much energy affects so many things in our lives.

Check this out, energy is used at our own home in the following areas: air conditioning, automobile, computer, dishwasher, DVD player, flashlight, furnace, hot water heater, lamps/lights, lawn mower, portable music player, stove/oven, toaster, trash disposer, refrigerator, microwave and much, much more.

Think about it. How do these all work? Why do they work? Because of someone like you. Some of you that might take an interest in something like energy should consider these sorts of jobs. There are a ton of opportunities in energy, especially in the corporate end of energy such as sales, marketing human resources, finance, etc. But many of you might consider the actually technical end of energy which I think comprises of most jobs and responsibilities within energy.

If you’re a GREEN personality, you might have found your fit in energy…

One of the biggest things I advocate is for you and too you, no matter who you are, is to find a job/career that fits your personality.

Don’t change your personality for your job,

Change your job to fit your personality.

Check out some of the articles I wrote in the past on this very same subject:

PERSONALITY SURVEYS + CAREER INTEREST SURVEYS = A WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, BEFORE YOU FIND WHERE TO GO

PART 1: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY IN LIFE THAT YOU CAN GET PAID FOR IN THE FUTURE?

PART 2: UNDERSTANDING THE SKILLS YOU HAVE AND HOW TO APPLY THEM

PART 3: PERSONALITIES

Pay particular attention to this last link on personalities. When you open it up, you will see a boxed chart of colors, red, yellow, green and blue.

For many energy jobs, a green personality is what makes a person successful. All colors fit in different areas of all industries and jobs. But for those of you GREEN personalities, you might find more success, or more opportunity in energy.

GREEN color means that you’re an introvert–you prefer to work on your own– and you enjoy doing the same kind of work, even taking things apart and putting them back together. You like to work with your hands and are more intellectual.

Green personality people are introverts, task-oriented, calm, cool, collected, organized, not very spontaneous, likes to do the same kind of work, technical, likes taking things apart/putting them together, working with your hands, follows instructions, completes things to fruition, single-minded, maybe likes working at a computer all day long. All these kinds of personality traits are what might make you up as a person. If so, then many of the technical jobs that you would be naturally good at would be found in energy.

Speaking of those jobs…

Take a look at this list of possible energy jobs I found in the Issue 2 of the InDemand magazine. It gives a pretty good listing of the jobs as well as a description of them. But to get more specific and updated information about these jobs, job descriptions, annual salaries, etc, be sure to go to http://www.bls.gov. This government site provides the best and most accurate data.

Here are plenty of jobs in energy. There are more, but wanted to provide you with a good list of the most popular or sought after.

Once you find the jobs that interest you, visit http://www.bls.gov to get the description of each.

Account Executives in Energy, Accountant, Asset Analyst, Coal Miner, Commodity Trader, Biologist, Billing Associate, Chemical Engineer, Construction and Well Driller, Economist, Civil Engineer, Energy Cost Analyst, Energy Scheduler and Trader, Electrical and Instrumental Field and Trade Technician, Electrical Lineworker, Environmental Engineer, Farmer, Financial Analyst, Geoscientist, Marketing and Sales, Mechanical Engineer, Power Plant Engineer, Right-of-Way Agent, Nuclear Engineer, Instrumental and Control Room Operator, Statistician, Safety Engineer, Truck Driver, Risk Management Director, Roustabout, Real estate Attorney, Systems Technician, Utility regulator, Wildcat Driller, Refinery Engineer, Pipe Fitter, and on and on.

There are a number of areas to work in energy, and as you can see from this list, it’s not just in one area. There are a number of skills and talents and personalities needed in each of these areas.

Check them out and tell me what you think. Remember to visit www.bls.gov to look up these titles and find more information about them all. Let me know if you get stuck. 🙂

I’ve often found that it takes a little hard work to research.

It takes research to build knowledge.

And knowledge is power.

Please comment back and offer any input or other jobs that you might know of!

My Success is Your Success,

Keith Lipke

Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.

Image of solar panels comes from: http://www.lcv.org/president-and-congress/issues/clean-energy-solutions.html.    Image of energy house comes from: http://www.treehugger.com/2006/11/05-week/
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