PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Matt Pitzarella joined Rob Mangino in studio once again on this edition of The Marcellus Shale Hour. 

The topic of discussion is jobs, and there are plenty jobs to go around. 

Reasons for the numerous job openings are the lack of skilled workers the energy industry requires.  Another reason for the openings is that the Baby Boomer generation is at retirement age, for every worker that retires a job needs to be filled.

States that need skilled workers in the energy industry are Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Matt explains that some potential employees are not willing to move away from their families and hometown, and that’s why Pennsylvanians have an advantage. This industry requires skilled workers to regularly work up to 50 or 60 hours a week, potential employees should be aware you need to work hard to get paid well.

Not anyone off the street can get a job in the energy industry, further education and training is required to be qualified.  The further training and education pays off when the average entry salary is $114,000, or as Matt Pitzarella simply puts it “the highest paid entry level industry in the country.”

Listen to the Range Resources Marcellus Shale Hour Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.