If natural gas production from the is as successful as energy companies and landowners hope, the companies likely will need to hire more employees to man wells, perform testing for and oversee the drilling of new ones and monitor their operations.
“The jobs associated with natural gas drilling are well-paying jobs,” said Doug Hock, spokesman for Calgary-based Encana Energy, which has its U.S. headquarters in Denver, Colo.
Salaries even for less-skilled positions generally range between $60,000 and $70,000, Hock said.
The types of company jobs that usually become available when drilling operations are successful and include drilling engineers, geologists and geophysicists and permitting experts. Pumpers, employees who check wells on a regular basis for proper operation, will be needed after more wells are drilled, Hock said.
Other positions with energy companies include experts in land negotiations and in community relations, he said.
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