The Marcellus industry offers opportunities for employment in a variety of fields including: construction, truck driving, engineering, geology, business, logistics, management and surveying, to name a few. Many of those positions require specialized education.

This page provides information about educational opportunities that are available in a variety of settings, including trade schools, community colleges, four-year and graduate level colleges and universities, and through industry organizations. Opportunities will range from single-day workshops on a specific topic, up through full degree programs offered by regional colleges and universities. This page contains short descriptions and links to educational opportunities relevant to Marcellus extraction in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Education Module
Wilkes University has developed an education module that trains students in utilizing a publically accessible database to analyze surface water quality monitoring data for impacts of Marcellus Shale gas development on waters in the Susquehanna River Basin. To download the module, please click here.

Articles on Employment & Training for Marcellus Shale

Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA): article "Company Upgrades Fleet to Compete in Shale Gas Era," January 3, 2012, includes information on the impact of the shale gas play on CDL licensed driver employment

Scranton Times-Tribune: Article "NEPA Schools Preparing Workers for Jobs in Gas-Drilling Industry"

"Marcellus Shale Jobs Booming" by Chris Posti for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 24, 2011

Policy/Finance Conferences, Forums and Seminars

 Keystone Energy Forum presents:  2012 Pennsylvania Agricultural Forum: Marcellus Shale Development & the Agricultural Industry, Thursday January 12th 2012 at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex, 7:30am to 11:15am.  Click here for more information


Educational Institutions

Johnson College

Johnson College offers a continuing education course on pipe welding. Once certified, jobs can be found in the natural gas industry as a pipe welder

Keystone College

Keystone College offers a Gas and Alternative Technology Energy Solutions program track as part of its Environmental Resource Management major. This program provides students with the necessary skills to obtain employment in the natural gas industry.

Lackawanna College

Lackawanna College offers two programs to prepare students for opportunities in the Marcellus Shale industry. One is a Compression Technology one year certificate program and the other is a Natural Gas Technology two year degree program

Lackawanna County Career Technology Center

The Lackawanna County Career Technology Center includes a continuing eduction division that is currently offering classes applicable to jobs in the Marcellus Shale including a continuing education class titled API Downhill Pipe Welding for people interested in obtaining skills necessary to work on natural gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale region.

Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center

Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center (MSETC) is a collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State Cooperative extension to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil-and-gas industry.

Central operations are located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the main campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Additional facilities utilized for specific needs include Penn State Cooperative Extension offices, Penn College's North Campus in Wellsboro, and various Penn State campus locations

Other Opportunities for Education & Training

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Cick here to the link to the Association's web page for education, training, seminars and conferences

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA)

Those working in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry can take advantage of several training opportunities over the next few months. Please click on this link for more information.

Retrain America

Retrain America provides individuals with industry-specific technical training necessary to explore career opportunities presented through the development of the Marcellus Shale.