November 14, 2008

Official: Good paying jobs will remain plentiful

Official: Good paying jobs will remain plentiful

 

By MARVIN BAKER

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about oil and gas activity in Mountrail County and northwestern North Dakota.

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Ron Ness made a strong pitch about the job market to high school students during his Town Hall meeting presentation in Parshall Wednesday morning.

Ness, the president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, made it clear that jobs related to oil aren’t going away anytime soon in northwestern North Dakota and in the next 10 years, 75 percent of the people now employed in oil will retire, opening up tremendous opportunities.

"Seven out of 10 jobs don’t require a college degree or advanced training," Ness said. "But there is a tremendous need for engineers, truck drivers, geologists and sales people."

Ness was one of seven speakers at a Town Hall meeting that was held in the Parshall High School gym. It was one of eight similar meetings across the northwest with the objective of communicating with the public about the current oil boom going on in the northwest.

Officials quickly rearranged the beginning of the schedule to accommodate the students who attended the meeting prior to a required class. Most had prepared questions. Mostly about working in the oil field.


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