Shale Industry Staying Busy With Activity

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By Rebecca Maitland

There are more than 16 massive shale plays in the U.S. today that have created over 2 million jobs, and these numbers continue to rise.

However, everything is bigger in Texas, including natural gas production. In Texas, thanks to the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale and Haynesville Shale, the Lone Star State leads the nation in natural gas production, producing 29 percent of America’s natural gas in 2013.

In addition, more than half of the jobs created by the shale plays have been in Texas.

These shale plays contributed more than $300 billion in economic activity for Texas. Yet, without engineers, who serve as the backbone of the energy industry, these shale plays would not have produced.

Employment ads for engineers have been listed by discipline, such as chemical engineer, mechanical, civil, etc.

“But today, the shale plays – and throughout the energy industry – have become very specialized, and now positions are being listed by specialization. We are also seeing more engineering students, and we have been impressed with these young engineer graduates,” said John Roper, spokesman for Hess, a global company devoted to exploring oil, gas and energy solutions.

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