In 2010, women accounted for 226,000 oil, gas and petrochemical industry jobs. That’s 19% of total employment in these industries across all job categories: professional and managerial, office and support and blue collar. A new study by IHS and the American Petroleum Institute projects that job opportunities for women in these industries will grow by almost 70,000 between 2010 and 2030. But to realize the full benefits available to women and ensure employers will have properly trained workers, we must significantly improve their training for these jobs. That means a greater emphasis on training in science, technology engineering, mathematics (STEM) and the skilled trades.
Yesterday, Ohio’s first Women in Energy Summit was held at the Mahoning County Career and Technology Center. Sponsored by Congressman Bill Johnson, the Summit was attended by more than 150 representatives from local government, education, training and support organizations, career counselors and students.
It was an inspiring Summit about breaking barriers and opening doors for women in industries that are expected to see incredible growth over the next two decades. More discussions like this one will help lead the way toward preparing Ohio women for good-paying jobs and fulfilling careers, as well as increase the pool of skilled workers for Ohio employers to choose from.