As Ohio moves forward into the future, all indications show us that the oil and gas industry will be an integral part of the equation. If you’re looking for employment and have the skill set that the oil and gas companies are looking for, there are quite a few reasons why working in the gas and oil industry can be an ideal choice. Here are just a few.

Reason #1: You’ll Get Top-Rated On-the-Job Training

While most jobs and employers are cutting corners and costs where and when they can, when it comes to training, the oil and gas industry has been consistently different. You see, on-the-job training isn’t just a good thing in this industry — it can mean the difference between a safe job and one that ends in disaster. Due in part to the fact that so many oil and gas companies are in the spotlight, and wish to improve their safety and environmental records, you can bet they’re going to want to train you to do the job the right way, the first time.

Reason #2: It’s One of the Most Adaptable Industries Out There

Believe it or not, there is a significant ability to shift and change your career if you want to within the oil and gas industry. From working at the refineries, to on an offshore oil rig, to managing client accounts, to handling emergency spills, there are lots of ways that your skills can be used in this industry. It is also one of the most flexible when it comes to switching from one career path to another one. Sometimes it just takes a conversation with your supervisor to get the ball rolling.

Reason #3: The Demand For Skilled Labor Has Never Been Higher

The oil and gas industry uses a lot of machines and technology, and truthfully, not everyone has the skill set needed to keep these things in prime working order. Because of this, people in skilled trades such as mechanics, technicians, construction and repair have never been more vital. Don’t believe me? Take a moment and visit your neighborhood oil well when they’re not in production and ask them who is the most vital member of their crew. My bet is that if they answer honestly, they would be pointing at the drill maintenance person.

Reason #4: Travel!

One of the most attractive parts of working in the oil and gas industry, at least for me, was the ability to see parts of the country that I would never have been able to see, and meet people that never would have crossed my path. I have literally been to every state save Hawaii and Alaska, driven through practically every mountain range in the continental United States and met everyone from senators to homeless men. In each case, my life has been made the richer for it.

Reason #5: You Could Shape the Future of the Energy Industry

Today, perhaps more than any other time in this countries history, the energy industry is changing. While oil and gas will most likely play an integral part, the nature of that part can and should be dictated by the future generations, and the skilled people who work in the industry now.

So there are a few reasons why working in the oil and gas industry might be a good idea for you. What are some others?