GRANVILLE - Energy in Depth Ohio has launched a jobs site focused on opportunities in the Buckeye State's oil and gas industry.
The portal - www.eidohio.org/jobsite - is designed as a one-stop resource to help Ohioans land jobs in the oil and gas industry, connecting job seekers with companies and vendors developing oil and natural gas in the U.S., as well as the supply chain that supports those companies.
"With over 10,000 jobs created last year alone, and studies projecting the creation of over 204,000 jobs through 2015, it's important that Ohioans know what great opportunities exist here in the Buckeye State," EIDOhio spokesman Dan Alfaro said. "Energy in Depth Ohio is committed to ensuring Ohioans are in the best possible position to take advantage of these opportunities. This site helps facilitate that by providing a direct connection between the industry and our communities - an important step in putting Ohio back to work and returning prosperity to our state."
Despite being only recently launched, the site already has been recognized by multiple organizations across Ohio, including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's Ohio Shale Coalition, committed to improving the Buckeye State's economy and providing job opportunities for Ohioans.
"Shale energy has the potential to create thousands of jobs for Ohioans," said Linda Woggon, executive vice president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. "To capitalize on that opportunity, we must ensure that our businesses have the tools to succeed and our citizens are prepared for the jobs they create."
Woggon credited EIDOhio with "creating a comprehensive center on its website for Ohioans seeking career training and employment opportunities related to shale energy."
The jobs portal also has been endorsed by Progress Alliance.
"Jefferson County continues to enjoy the shale experience, and while we've already seen its benefits to our local work force, we know this is just the beginning," Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman said. "This jobs portal will go a long way in helping our residents find all of the tools necessary to secure jobs in the growing shale industry and will help us to continue on a path of long-term economic recovery."
EIDOhio said the same kinds of job opportunities in core industries in Pennsylvania pay an average wage of $81,000 a year.
The website also provides information on the degrees or certifications needed for many career paths in the oil and gas industry.