Thursday, August 26, 2010

Burgh Energy Report: Employment Geography

I've spent the last week or so trying to get a better handle on the talent geography for the natural gas industry. I've been tracking a few LinkedIn group that advertising job opportunities in the energy industry. Today, I saw an opening at Williams for a position near Pittsburgh.

The company has a map of where it is hiring. There is a lot of activity in Pennsylvania relative to other states. Something else that caught my eye is the list of colleges campuses where Williams actively recruits:

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of Houston
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wyoming

To me this suggests a, for lack of a better term, talent pipeline to Southwestern PA. In coming years, will Williams have job fairs at Penn State? Perhaps, but most of the highly skilled employees in this industry will continue to be trained out West and should help bolster the numbers of college degrees moving to Pittsburgh.

Lastly, Williams also makes available its asset map. I find it useful for helping me to better understand the talent flows for the Marcellus Play. Check it out before reading the latest from Pittsburgh Quarterly about the future of shale gas in Pennsylvania.

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