Your Research Guide to a Career in Energy or Power
By Jasen Williams, vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary
I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about the energy and power segments of the economy and the job opportunities in those segments.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, publishes the digital Occupational Outlook Handbook, which has chapters on energy and power-generation jobs. Each chapter’s main page has eight tabs: (1) Summary, (2) What They Do, (3) Work Environment, (4) How to Become One, (5) Pay, (6) Job Outlook, (7) State and Area Data, (8) Similar Occupations, and (9) Contacts for More Info. The chapters are:
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a part of the United States Department of Energy, has an 8-page Sources and Uses section. Each page is filled with links to statistics and reports:
The EIA home page has links to various reports, including Short-Term Energy Outlook, Annual Energy Outlook, International Energy Outlook, Energy Explained, and Energy in Brief.
The American Gas Association has a linked list of its member companies.
The 2015 Playbook covers the history of natural gas, and the challenges and opportunities of the natural-gas industry.
The Natural Gas Utility Overview Fact Sheet contains a diagram showing the flow of gas from producing wells to residential and commercial consumers.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has an Oil and Natural Gas Overview tab that connects to a “Wells to Consumer Interactive Diagram” and seven additional pages:
(1) Exploration and Production, with links to seven sections: (i) Onshore, (ii) Offshore, (iii) Natural Gas, (iv) Oil Sands, (v) Oil Shale, (vi) Hydraulic Fracturing, and (vii) Alaska.
(2) Transporting Oil and Natural Gas, linking to four sections: (i) Oil Tankers, (ii) Pipelines, (iii) Pipeline Performance Tracking System, and (iv) Rail Transportation.
(3) Fuels and Refining, linking to six sections: (i) Refineries, (ii) Gasoline, (iii) Diesel, (iv) Heating Oil, (v) Engine Oil, and (vi) Fuels and Renewables Policy.
(4) Understanding Crude Oil and Market Prices
(5) Consumer Information, linking to three sections: (i) Use Energy Safely, (ii) Use Energy Wisely, and (iii) Service Station FAQ
(6) Industry Economics, linking to four sections: (i) Earnings in Perspective, (ii) Tax Issues, (iii) Industry Investments, and (iv) Fuel Taxes.
(7) Classroom Tools, linking to five sections: (i) Online Education Resources, (ii) Classroom Curricula, (iii) Teaching-Tools, (iv) Petroleum Museums, and (v) The Story of Oil and Natural Gas Video).
An Environment, Health, and Safety Tab on the API home page connects to pages on:
- Environmental Principles
- Clean Air
- Climate Change
- Clean Water
- Health and Safety
- Energy Efficiency and Recycling
- Process Safety
- Environmental Performance
A linked list of member companies can be found here. Many of the company websites have careers pages.
The American Wind Energy Association has a Resources page with links to nine sections: (1) DOE Wind Vision, (2) Basics, (3) Fact Sheets, and (4) AWEA Maps.
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association of investor-owned electric companies, has a member company list here. Each listing is a live link to a corporate website, and many of those sites include careers pages.
Electricity 101 provides an overview of the electric power industry.
Geothermal Energy Association has a linked list of member companies.
The Geothermal Basics page contains links to sections titled Technology Basics, Current Use, Potential Use, Supporting Policies, Environmental Benefits, Economic Benefits, Power Plant Costs, and Jobs in Geothermal Energy.
The National Hydropower Association has a linked list of member companies/. Its “Why Hydro?” pages have sections titled Available, Reliable, Affordable, Sustainable, Job Creation, Other Benefits, and Broad Public Support.
- Understanding Radiation: Its Effects and Benefits
- Nuclear Energy: Powering America’s Future
- Nuclear Energy: Just the Facts
- Safe and Secure: Managing Used Nuclear Fuel
- Power Your Future with a Career in Nuclear Energy
The NEI Knowledge Center has links to:
- FAQ About Nuclear Energy
- Powered by Our People
- Map of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
- How Nuclear Reactors Work
- Nuclear Statistics
- Nuclear Fuel Processes
- Industry Innovation
- Other Nuclear Energy Applications
- Public Opinion
A Solar Technology page has links to sections on the three primary solar-energy technologies:
- photovoltaics (PV), which directly convert light to electricity;
- concentrating solar power (CSP), which uses heat from the sun (thermal energy) to drive utility-scale,
- electric turbines; and heating and cooling systems, which collect thermal energy to provide hot water and air conditioning.
The Research and Resources page has links to: * Solar Industry Data * Resource Library * Research Links * Solar Market Insight * Major Solar Projects * Solar Investment Tax Credit Impact Analysis * National Solar Database * Solar Energy in the U.S. Military * Solar Means Business Report * SEIA Finance Initiative * Solar Polling Data * Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools * State Solar Policy * Solar in Sports
To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in the energy industry, I suggest that you read magazines on the subject. Many such publications are available both in print and digital versions, and have their own websites.
Benjamin Media, Inc., publishes:
PennWell Corporation publishes:
WTWH Media, LLC, publishes:
Zackin Publications, Inc., publishes:
Access Intelligence LLC Power
BBI International Ethanol Producer Magazine
Oildom Publishing Company of Texas, Inc. Pipeline & Gas Journal
The American Public Power Association Public Power
The American Solar Energy Society Solar Today
The Edison Electric Institute Electric Perspectives
WDM Group Energy Digital
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By Jasen Williams