There will be job opportunities resulting from the the BP oil spill in the Gulf and other unfortunate crises.
The BP oil spill, considered the worse oil spill in US history, could end up killing the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen, restaurant workers, charter boat captains and tourism employees. However, some people have found job and business opportunities as a result of this tragedy. In coastal Louisiana, it’s reminiscent of the job boom that followed Hurricane Katrina as thousands were put to work cleaning up debris, gutting house and rebuilding public buildings and entire neighborhoods.
BP has spent $1 billion or more thus far in oil spill response initiatives and hired more than 25,000 cleanup workers that have already been hired by BP and its subcontractors. The company will most likely be hiring thousands more workers as this thing continues through the summer.
Not only is BP hiring, but companies that are assisting with the Gulf oil spill clean up efforts are hiring as well. They are hiring biologists, chemists, project managers, engineers, technicians, laborers, environmental specialists and general clean up workers. Dawn Kawamoto wrote a great article on Aol.com where she mentions that hundreds more being put through 40 Hour HAZWOPER training for later deployment. The most interesting part of the article was her conversation with the owner of Granite Environmental, a company who makes pollution control equipment like oil booms and silt curtains specifically for situations like the BP oil spill. Granite was hiring more people in their manufacturing facilities across the US to meet the demand. After I read the article, this question came to mind: Are new jobs being created in other industries by the oil spill outside of the government responders and cleanup crews?
The Positive Ripple Effect
The answer is Yes. When a major disaster strikes, thousands of people are called in to clean up and rebuild the affected area. The convergence of this large group of people forces the businesses of the local economy to step up and meet the demands of the new workers which means hiring more workers. There are many stories across the internet and in news media archives about the booms that followed Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. The BP oil spill will not be much different. Here are some of the local jobs that will be created because of the Oil Spill.
- Hotel/Motel & Lodging: Once the leak is capped, thousands more people will descend on the beaches of Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to assist in the cleanup. Each person will need a place to sleep. Hotels across the gulf coast will have to add staff to keep the hotels running at optimum service levels.
- Restaurants: 25,000+ workers times 3 meals per day minimum. You do the math.
- Retail/Grocery: Basic necessities will be needed by all.
- Freight/ Transportation/Trucking/: Expect hundreds if not thousands of trucks carrying everything from cleanup supplies to oil sludge on the highways everyday.
- Entertainment/Recreation: We cannot expect all of the cleanup workers be on the job 24/7. They need to blow off some steam.
- Local healthcare/Hospital: Oil spill cleanup is hazardous. There will a large number of medical personnel on standby to monitor the workers around the clock.
- Daycare/Childcare: Some of the cleanup workers will become two income families and will need childcare.
- Recycling/Sanitation: The clean up effort will generate more regular trash and recyclable debris. The local sanitation and recycling companies will see more work.
Looking Forward To A New Beginning
The residents of the Gulf coast have been through a lot of trials in the last 10 years. These new jobs will be a welcome shot in the arm to a struggling economy. Let’s hope that this situation moves into recovery mode soon.
To view 20 BP oil spill employment resources, visit the Green Economy Post BP Oil Spill Employment Resources Page.
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