Looking For A Job? How About 42,000 Jobs??
If you are considering making a job or career change in the next few years, you might want to consider working for a company that has ties to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The Keystone XL Pipeline has long been a contested issue in the United States. Running a pipeline that would allow for the delivery of crude oil from the southern boarders of Canada to the gulf coast of the United States has been in the making for the last 5 years.
Environmentalists and politicians alike have made this project one of the countries most scrutinized and controversial pipeline projects in history. Citizens from around the nation have all been voicing their opinions on this issue; many stating how the pipeline will be an economic boon to the economy, make us less energy dependent, while others are voicing their concerns on the environmental impact it may have. As moving oil 1000’s of miles does have its risks environmentally.
The one issue that no one has debated is if this project does go forward the amount of jobs that will be created is substantial. A host of Environmental, Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing jobs will be created almost instantly. Some temporary as the engineering and construction phases begin; while others will be long-term environmental compliance, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain oriented to sustain the pipelines operations. Economists have estimated that over 40,000 jobs would be directly and indirectly created from this project.
As a staffing company that has direct ties to many of the construction, engineering and environmental firms across the county that are either currently working on this project or looking towards working on this project in the future; our clients see the potential in growing their employment base strictly around the contributions they may be able to make to the project as it progressing through its life cycle.
With over 1000+ miles of pipe being laid from Canada to the gulf coast these jobs will not just be regional, but span the nation north to south benefiting companies and individuals throughout the county. Most of these jobs will be high paying; allowing workers to pay their bills, their mortgages, put their kids through college, etc. It is estimated that this project alone will generate over $2 billion in earnings for workers and approximately $3.4 billion in Gross Domestic Product for the country as a whole.
As contentious as this project is environmentally and politically the benefit to organizations working on the pipeline cannot be disputed. For individuals looking for work, keep your eyes open and watch for companies that may have connections to this project; as we are all looking to see if this project will proceed and how we may play a role in assisting in assuring its safe construction, environmental compliance and operations in the years to come.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com ). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com