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Jobs in energy require a grounding in STEM

Finding a good-paying, stable job that won’t leave the country tops the priority list for many Americans in these difficult economic times. But for those just graduating from high school or college, it seems harder than ever.

Yet high-paying jobs are available right here in New Mexico and across the United States.

Careers in energy, including jobs as linemen, power plant operators and engineers, are often overlooked by today’s youths. Gov. Susana Martinez has therefore declared Oct. 14-20 Careers in Energy Week in New Mexico to focus attention upon the need for a new generation of skilled energy workers to take the place of our aging workforce.

These jobs, however, require a solid grounding in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses.

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The energy industry needs students who know how to solve real-world math problems, who understand how things work, and who can use technology to communicate and perform their jobs efficiently.

STEM jobs are not just for scientists. They are not just for physicists and engineers.

Today’s skilled workforce needs STEM-literate youth to measure, cut and lay pipeline, to install smart meters and to run power stations, among other important tasks.

The New Mexico Energy Consortium brings energy industry stakeholders, educators and government agencies together to encourage a greater emphasis upon STEM skills from elementary school through post-secondary education, and to raise awareness of the numerous jobs available to students who possess these skills.

Students who learn STEM skills will be better prepared for college and a wide range of career opportunities, including those in energy.

For more information on Careers in Energy, visit www.cewd.org.

High-paying, stable jobs are out there for America’s youths, for transitioning workers and for those exiting the military.

But we need you to be prepared.

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