Natural gas production is rapidly expanding economic opportunities throughout the United States—generating diverse jobs and revenue for states, provinces and local communities.
The natural gas industry is adding new, high-paying jobs at a record pace with opportunities for a wide range of skilled workers—from scientists and technicians, to business managers and office staff, to construction workers and truck drivers.
According to an in-depth economic analysis completed by IHS Global Insight, the natural gas industry supports more than 2.8 million jobs in the United States and contributed $385 billion to our nation’s economy in 2008.
Natural gas from shale alone will support more than 800,000 jobs by 2015 and 1.6 million jobs by 2035. Developing America’s shale natural gas will contribute more than $118 billion and $231 billion to our economy in 2015 and 2035, respectively.
Pennsylvania sits atop the Marcellus Shale, one of the richest shale plays on earth and projected to supply 25 percent of the nation’s natural gas by 2020, according to Penn State University study. That same study found that the natural gas industry supported nearly 140,000 jobs in 2010 alone.