While some sectors have experienced setbacks over the past few years, the energy industry in certain regions has experienced some major increases in employment. This can be especially helpful for those who have struggled to find high-paying careers.

In one recent example, Andrea Conaway went from making $38,000 at her former job as an X-ray technician to nearly $50,000 after going back to school and learning skills that she could use in the energy field, USA Today reports. She said she was encouraged to pursue the line of work based on the experiences of people she knew.

"I figured this industry was the future," stated Conaway in an interview the source. "It's growing like crazy around here. My friends were getting raises and great benefits, and I knew I wouldn't be.''

One of the reasons for the significant job increases is due to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. According to a study by IHS Global Insight, there will be 1 million new jobs by 2035 as a result of these operations, Businessweek reports.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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