Professional Provides Insight on Marcellus Boom
Christy Fulton, a professional working in the booming natural gas industry surrounding the Marcellus Shale formation recently spoke at Penn State DuBois, sharing insight into the industry and offering career advice to students hoping to work in one of the many related fields.
Fulton, of Clearfield, is a land services representative for Little Pine Resources (LPR), a Texas-based company who has established an office in Clearfield. She graduated from Penn State DuBois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science in 2008, and has put her education to work in pre-drilling operations for LPR. Specifically, she handles land acquisition duties, securing the right for her company to drill and extract natural gas from properties in the area. She explained that her job, like many related to Marcellus Shale, is one that most people outside of the industry are not aware of. She told her audience that when searching for jobs, there are many opportunities related to Marcellus Shale that don't directly involve drilling.
"I want them to be informed about the process that takes place and the jobs that are out there in high demand right now," Fulton said. She explained that jobseekers with degrees in fields such as engineering, environmental sciences, and wildlife technology can all find opportunity in the gas industry. She said lawyers, and those with expertise in real estate, sales, marketing, and research and analysis are also in high demand. "It involves so many different disciplines, it's much more than just drilling," said Fulton.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Geoscience Ben Turner teaches in Penn State DuBois' Earth Science program. He said Fulton's presentation provided valuable information for his students. "Many of our students in the Earth Science program are going into careers involving natural gas," Turner said. "They are particularly well fitted to these positions given their education, and this presentation helped to show them where to look to find the right positions."
Fulton's presentation was part of the campus Natural Resources Colloquium. The Colloquium is the periodic gathering of the natural resources scientific community on campus. During each meeting students, faculty, and community members listen to a scientific presentation, and engage in discussion.