You’ll find these jobs all across the country too, as these industries continue to grow – on the Gulf Coast, in Appalachia, in the Great Plains and in the Southwest. And while, like any business, you don’t start at the top – the fuels and petrochemical industries offer plenty of opportunities to move up. Bill Laster, for instance, is a refinery shift leader now (that’s a management level job) – but he started as an operator trainee, straight out of high school.
About one of every ten workers in the fuel and petrochemical industries, incidentally, is a veteran. Turns out that a lot of men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, find their skills and experience to be a good fit in the industries: their leadership abilities, time spent working on a team, being at home with taking responsibility and handling pressure, and sometimes, like Chad Harbin, their day to day work in the military. And companies across the fuel and petrochemical industries are actively recruiting vets, and working with them to make the transition to job success as a civilian.
Roughly a third of the kids who graduate high school, don’t go on to college (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). If that’s the path you (or your kids) choose – or for kids who go for a two-year technical degree (nothing against the ivy-covered halls, by the way – and there’s jobs for those grads too) – there are still places, that have good, skilled jobs – and are looking for workers. And those fuels and petrochemical industries – are where you might want to look, if you’re looking for work.