By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire)
As industry insiders tout the growing opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in the oil and natural gas sector, breaking into the industry can still present challenges.
From access to capital and understanding the industry jargon to knowing how and when to pursue business opportunities, the learning curve can be steep.
The industry’s impact on the U.S. labor force is undeniable.
The natural gas industry supported more than 4 million jobs across the U.S. in 2015, from production to end uses such as manufacturing, according to the State of American Energy 2018 report. That number is expected to rise to 6 million jobs by 2040.
When it comes to hourly wages, Black workers also fare better in the oil and natural gas (ONG) industry.