Whether you have a high school diploma or a Ph.D., the fuel and petrochemical industries are hiring for a range of opportunities including: skilled craft professionals like electricians and heavy equipment operators; technical professionals such as chemists, physicists and mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineers; administrative personnel; IT and cyber security experts; and nearly anything else you can think of. Drivers, security professionals, sales and marketing; the list goes on.
More than jobs, these are well paying careers with great benefits, and many opportunities for professional growth and advancement. The average annual salary in the refining industry is $135,000 1 and the average annual salary in the chemical industry is nearly $127,000 2. That's more than twice the national average3.
1 American Petroleum Institute State of American Energy Report 2014
2 2015 Business of Chemistry Fact Sheet
3 IMPLAN and Bureau of Economic Analysis; employment and economic data for 2013
In the U.S., the fuel and petrochemical industries have job opportunities across the country. The top industry states include Texas, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
While not required for every job, a two-year associate degree or four-year bachelor’s degree is a great way to get started and there are a number of scholarships for people interested in the industry, as well as certificate programs for skilled professionals like welders and electricians. And, because we highly value the experiences and skills veterans bring to the job, many companies in our industry partner with veteran hiring programs to match skills and identify qualified candidates.
America’s fuel and petrochemical industries employ more than 4 million people.