New research from NABTU shows career opportunities in union energy construction

Published on July 24, 2020 by Dave Kovaleski

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New reports from North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) reveal great opportunities and compensation potential in the field of energy construction.

The studies were commissioned by NABTU to better understand the role that trades jobs play in the U.S. economy. It found significant quality job opportunities in oil and natural gas construction.

“The findings outlined in these reports demonstrate that today’s oil and natural gas jobs are better for energy construction workers across the country in both the short and long term,” Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, said. “The research confirms what our members tell us: the career opportunities for renewables are nowhere near what they are in gas and oil, and domestic energy workers highly value the safety, reliable duration and compensation of oil and gas construction jobs.”

Tom Kriger, a director with NABTU, said the field offers not only jobs, but significant training and educational opportunities that help people maintain careers in the field.

“Through the apprenticeship system, our oil and gas construction industry training offers four years of learning everything in a skilled trade, and debt-free college credits with a family-sustaining job. That is why we call our Registered Apprenticeship the other four-year degree,” Kriger said.

McGarvey said that he hopes the studies help lawmakers, policymakers and activists understand that oil and gas jobs are high-quality jobs.