Help wanted: Energy firms competing for hires

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Sector to create at least 200,000 new jobs, especially for engineers
RockPick’s Editorial: This article while it does not directly refer to the Niobrara Play is relevant because when the Niobrara Play heats up it will create even more demand for qualified talent where a large deficit already exists.

By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Despite a big drop in oil and stock prices in recent days, U.S. energy companies bearing down on the country’s shale fields have yet to waver from plans to add staff this year to boost domestic production.

The industry is hiring as it brings new U.S. supply on line and demand grows from power-generation companies switching to natural gas from coal or fuel oil.

“Our industry is competing for talent,” said Jim Haynes, vice president for U.S. operations at Spectra Energy Corp. SE +5.06% “We continue our hiring mode.”

Spectra Energy, for example, expects to add staff as part of plans by the pipeline firm and its affiliates to add up to $10 billion in infrastructure in the next five years.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America projects as many as 200,000 new jobs in the energy patch from hundreds of oil and gas producers in 2011.

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