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Energy Industry Questions and Answers

By Erdin Beshimov

Here are answers to some of the common myths surrounding the energy and utilities industry.

 

  • "Most energy jobs are going abroad.  I want to stay in the country, so this industry may not be for me."

It is true that a growing number of energy and utility jobs are being outsourced abroad.  Companies are fighting to cut costs, and most resource exploration now happens abroad, too.  However, don't let that dissuade you.  More opportunities will arise due to domestic exploration (e.g. Alaskan oil) and the retiring of older workers in this industry.  Moreover, emerging energy markets (wind, solar, geothermal) are creating new jobs in the U.S.  

 

  • "I'm not a science or engineering major, so I wouldn't be able to find a job in energy and utilities."

While most new energy and utilities recruits have scientific or engineering backgrounds, there are jobs in the industry that require a liberal arts mindset.  Most companies need community and media relations professionals and human resource managers.  Depending on the nature of their work, some companies need area specialists, interpreters, political analysts, and more.    

 

  • "Energy companies are large bureaucratic enterprises.  Since I want to be in an entrepreneurial environment, this industry doesn't really fit me."

The energy and utilities sector underwent significant deregulation in recent years, and competition is soaring.  Many entrepreneurial companies, especially those involved in clean energy solutions, are emerging.  Moreover, a few large companies like GE have some of the most entrepreneurial management apprenticeship programs in business. 

 

  • "Most energy and utility companies are government entities.  I don't want to work for the government."

Because energy and utilities companies provide public good -- energy -- they are often thought of as government entities.  This, however, is misleading.  Most energy and utilities companies are private corporations. 







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