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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Report: Shale Jobs Are There for Well-Trained Applicants

From The Daily Jeffersonian:
Robert Chase is chairman of the petroleum engineering and geology department at Marietta College, one of about 18 such programs in the country.
There are 400 students enrolled currently, and "We've had over 400 students apply to get into the program apply to get into the program the last two years," Chase said.
The school accepts about 90 a year. The benefits of holding a degree are obvious - sample job opportunities with starting salaries averaging $100,000-plus a year and signing bonuses of $15,000-$20,000.
"The jobs are phenomenal," Chase said, noting that 39 of 42 graduates this year had jobs walking out the door. "We had 33 companies on campus recruiting those students this year."
That's part of the reason the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program took a busload of several dozen middle school teachers to oil and gas sites in the Marietta area one day last month, providing them with classroom experiments and curriculum ideas to get students thinking about careers at earlier ages.
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