“The energy and mining industries face several major demographic challenges. The first is shared by virtually all U.S. industries—the aging of the baby boom generation.
The more mature energy and mining sectors (oil and gas, coal, and nonfuel minerals) have the most significant challenge in terms of workforce replacement requirements. In addition to the number of needed replacements, these industries will face the need for replacements with higher levels of education and different skills than their predecessors.
Across the entire economy, by 2018, 33 million replacement jobs will have to be filled, and 63 percent will require workers with at least some college education (Carnevale et al., 2010)”
Between 1998 and 2007, jobs in the clean energy economy grew at a national rate of 9.5%.DURING THE SAME PERIOD TRADITIONAL JOBS GREW BY LESS THAN 4%. For those seeking new careers or an upgrade to their jobs these are staggering numbers. An applicant would be twice as likely to get a job in an energy related field.
More importantly for those who live in Ohio, clean energy jobs grew by 31% during the same time period.* Therefore, those who seek new training programs located in Ohio, are three times more likely to get a job in Ohio than in any other state.
How should you go about tapping this wellspring of new jobs and new careers? One of the first places you will need to look is at EPIC.com.
Launched in 2011, EPIC is a collaborative of educational institutions, public and private businesses, and government and community-based organizations committed to ensuring Ohio is adequately prepared to meet the growing workforce needs in the energy field. By collaborating with business and industry while keeping a critical focus on workers, EPIC helps you to be among the best applicants for new jobs in new industries.
Indeed, EPIC is meeting industry needs while improving the lives of Ohio families.
* Figures cited are according to the independent nonprofit PEW Charitable Trusts.