Michigan expects a 6% increase in energy careers

The US state of Michigan is expected to record a 6% increase in energy-related jobs between 2019 and 2026, according to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

The forecasts are based on a new study recently published by the Michigan Energy Industry Cluster Workforce Analysis.

To date, the state’s energy industry is employing more than 111,000 people.

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Marica Black-Watson, industry engagement division administrator at the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, said: “While skilled workers for these positions are in demand, many students aren’t aware of the vast array of career opportunities that exist in this sector.”

To increase students’ awareness of the opportunities in the energy industry stakeholders have established the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC) in 2008.

MEWDC members include DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, API, Great Lakes Energy, Michigan Electric and Gas Association, Lansing Board of Water & Light, and more than 50 industry, workforce and education partners.

Utilities participating in the MEWDC have employed more than 3,200 people and hired 900 students as interns since January 2008. The initiative has provided more than $4.1 million in grants to energy education in 2018.

Efforts to increase career opportunities within the industry include:

  • Collaborating with the Michigan Department of Education to create a roadmap for high school, career and technical education, and community college students to prepare for energy sector jobs. This has led to more than 300 students earning national certificates of Energy Industry Fundamentals.
  • Increasing the number of registered apprentices in energy-related jobs by more than 350, with help from a federal ApprenticeshipUSA grant.
  • Serving as a nationwide model, after successfully receiving a competitive grant awarded in 2015 from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation for Talent Pipeline Management, as Consumers Energy is driving the Talent Pipeline Academy – a first in the nation – that helps Michigan businesses enhance their talent sources and hire skilled workers to meet critical short and long-term needs.

The Careers in Energy Week designed to increase students’ awareness of energy-related jobs.

This year’s Careers in Energy Week runs from October 14 to the 18th.

Tracy DiSanto, manager of Workforce Planning and Analytics at DTE, said: “This is a great opportunity for industry, education and government partners to work together and raise awareness of the many career paths in the energy industry.

For the full list of events taking place during Careers in Energy Week, please go to CareersInEnergyMichigan.com.