Colorado labor department promotes energy careers

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will promote careers in the energy industry during a week-long effort that includes a virtual job fair. Two websites also promote employment opportunities in the sector.

“We’re proud and excited to participate in this effort because a fundamental part of our mission is to help launch careers,” said Ellen Golombek, executive director of the CDLE. “We are committed to developing the next generation of energy industry leaders in Colorado.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed Oct. 17 to 21 Careers In Energy Week.

Careers in Energy Week is a national effort created by the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Now in its fifth year, the national effort is overseen in Colorado by a consortium comprised of representatives from the Black Hills Energy Corp., Colorado Springs Utilities,  Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and Xcel Energy.

As part of the observance, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will host a virtual job fair for the energy industry at www.connectingcolorado.com. The event brings together job seekers and employers in an interactive online platform in which job seekers can submit resumes or talk with representatives from six participating employers using online chat technology.

Postings related to energy careers also are found at the CDLE Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ColoradoLabor and on Twitter at www. twitter.com/ColoradoLabor.

Two websites also are available to increase public awareness of employment opportunities in the energy industry.

A website at www.coworkforce-energy.jobs includes job listings posted at employment and training offices statewide.  Job seekers can type in a key word such as “energy” to see available positions.

A website at colorado.gov/cdle/energy-careers offers information about occupations, including videos that provide a real-world, insider’s look at working in the industry.

Both CDLE “micro sites” feature consumer-centric designs that showcase the role of the energy industry in the Colorado economy and personal benefits of choosing a career in the sector.

By one estimate, 50,000 professionals work in the energy industry in Colorado.

Careers in energy are diverse. Some positions require graduate degrees, while others require only on-the-job training. There’s an increasing demand for geophysicists, chemical engineers and seismic and geophysical data technicians. Employers also are looking to fill such traditional jobs as line workers, customer service operators and natural gas service technicians.