Vault Career Guide to Energy, Second Edition

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by Andrew Morkes and Kelly Kagamas Tomkies; Introduction by Christine Geltz
Publication Date: 2018

In the midst of an energy boom that has positioned the United States as one of the world's top oil-producing nations, demand for energy is projected to continue escalating through 2035 and beyond. A growing global population, rising industrialized nations, and a desire for greater energy independence in the U.S. will spur the development of new resources, new technology for extracting traditional energy resources and alternative means of power. These factors—together with evolving government regulations and environmental concerns—will shape the future of the energy industry and ensure that it remains a challenging but rewarding place to build a career. Robust opportunities are expected in all branches of the energy industry as new technology improves alternative energy options and makes traditional options easier and cleaner to produce. These developments will feed demand for workers with the skills and ability to remain on the industry forefront.

Newly updated and revised, the Vault Career Guide to Energy, Second Edition provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in, and how to advance your career. Whether your goal is to join a multinational oil company or develop new forms of alternative power, this guide can help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and résumé, interviewing, and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press, the editorial director of the CAM Report and College Spotlight, and the author of The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends blog. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs, which was selected as "A Perfect Ten" by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates, and Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Kelly Kagamas Tomkies is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She has served as editor of three business publications and written or co-written other books for Ferguson's, including Career Launcher: Energy and Career Launcher: Food Services, and coauthored Career Launcher: Real Estate. She also contributed a chapter to a National Geographic book called Big Idea. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Kevin, and her son, Duncan.

Christine Geltz was the president of Geltz Communications, Inc., for 22 years. Her firm developed a wide range of award-winning energy efficiency and demand response marketing strategies and tools for investor-owned and municipal utilities throughout the western United States, as well as for other private energy and water-related companies. In addition, she served as the director of marketing communications for BKi, and as a program consultant for Frontier Energy until her retirement. Geltz also provided industry leadership in developing communication and marketing tools and professional development, notably as a national board member for the Association of Energy Services Professionals and the Association of Professional Energy Managers. In addition, she was a charter member of the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership of the Energy Services Marketing Society, Association of Energy Engineers.

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