(OilPrice) The Gulf Coast is expected to boom over the coming years, as more oil and gas companies drill offshore wells, the fracking industry produces more and more gas and oil which needs to be converted into LNG or refined into usable petroleum products, and plans exist to pipe Canadian crude down to ports in the Gulf for refining and export.

The large number of new projects planned for the area, have led industry experts to predict a labour demand that will require around 500,000 new, skilled workers before 2020.

Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, explained that the industry required skilled electricians, pipefitters, and welders; and that it was such an important topic, so vital to the industry’s expansion, that it merited the attention of company CEO’s.

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