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Growing Federal Jobs: Energy

Growing Federal Jobs: Energy

Kyle Stone | Associate Editor, GovCentral

A large and growing part of the government work force in the United States – and across the world, for that matter – is involved in keeping energy available day in and day out. These jobs involve things like finding oil and natural gas, extracting and delivering them to their end uses, whether it is heating a home with gas or refining crude oil into gasoline. They also involve finding and mining coal, operating the power plants and maintaining and repairing the power lines that deliver electricity to homes, schools and offices.

The energy industry also needs civil, chemical, environmental, geological, mining, nuclear and seismic engineers. With big-name agencies looking to hire the best graduates in these specialties, the pay and job security can be very good.

In Demand Occupations


Environmental Scientists and Specialists
Projected Salary: $40,000
Employees Needed: 42,000
Projected Growth: 27%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Energy, Air Force, Navy, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency

Geoscientists
Projected Salary: $105,000
Employees Needed: 15,000
Projected Growth: 18% – 26%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Energy, Department of the Interior

Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Projected Salary: $105,000
Employees Needed: 29,000
Projected Growth: 18% – 26%
Average Education Level: Some College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Army, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Interior

Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Projected Salary: $63,000
Employees Needed: 67,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Army, Air Force, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury

Chemical Engineers
Projected Salary: $77,000
Employees Needed: 10,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Energy, NASA, Army, Navy

How to Prepare

With large numbers of energy-industry professionals in their forties and fifties thinking about retirement, young people graduating with energy-related engineering degrees over the next few years will have huge opportunities in the energy industry.

Information Compiled from CareerVoyages.gov and 2006-16 BLS Projections.

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