According to a new study published by the State's Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Michigan's energy workforce is projected to increase by 6% between 2019 and 2026.
Key Findings of the Energy Cluster Workforce Analysis include;
-Michigan's energy sector is reliant on a wide educational array of occupations, but it is possible to earn high wages at all levels.
-Wages in energy jobs have grown rapidly since 2000 and have well out-paced statewide wage growth.
-The Energy cluster includes jobs in energy efficiency, utilities, wholesale, oil and gas exploration, extraction, and wholesaling as well as electric manufacturing. Although it makes up only about 2.5% if Michigan's total employment, the impact of the products and services produced by the energy cluster reach throughout the entire economy.
According to the study, oil and gas exploration, extraction, and wholesaling account for 9,017 Michigan Jobs. These include jobs in fields like,
- Oil and Gas Extraction
- Pipeline Transportation
- Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals
- Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers
- Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
- Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
- Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction
- Petroleum Refineries
- Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
it does not account for financial and legal services or other support activities for oil and gas operations. From the Michigan Oil and Natural Gas Industry Economic Contribution Study, prepared for MOGA, direct employment in our industry was closer to 22,781 statewide.
The Study concludes that " The Energy cluster accounts for a small percent of Michigan’s total employment, but the goods and services provided are
essential to the entire population and economy. The cluster shrank from a peak in the early 2000s, but since the end of the most
recent recession it has seen some rebound. The cluster has also seen growth in industry classifications as the Energy-related
industries connected to things such as renewable energy or natural gas continue to grow and become clearly distinct enterprises.
Many occupations in the cluster are reliant on middle tier education and training, and finding new employees will be dependent
on students completing associated programs."