Roustabout may become the next hot job in New York —with modern versions of scenes from classics like “Giant” and “There Will Be Blood” coming to life across the Southern Tier.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation ever makes good on Gov. Cuomo’s promises and produces reasonable regulations on fracking,shale-gas wells and pipeline projects will need hundreds of roustabouts.
The median salary for the job is $38,000 annually —higher with experience. With a high-school diploma,an entry-level gas-field roustabout starts at an average of $22,000 a year.
Plus,fracking means thousands of other jobs,too —jobs New York needs to get out of its economic doldrums.
Unemployment stands at 8.7 percent statewide,and 9.8 percent in the city; in Southern Tier counties,it averages 8.9 percent.
Nationwide,jobs in the oil and gas industry are projected to grow 6.4 percent by 2016. Demand will grow for geologists,engineers, administrative assistants,sales and marketing reps,financial analysts,fleet mechanics,truck drivers,heavy-equipment operators,machinists and pipefitters.
At a recent Binghamton gas-…
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Additional readingWhat do the rest of us have to do to benefit from the shale boom?Crain’s Cleveland Business News.