Special Report: Oil Spill Exposes The Need For More Environmental Health Related Professionals

Our Angle on The Oil Spill

There are a limited number of people who have the experience and training to respond to environmental disasters like the BP Oil Spill. It is  Hinton Human Capital Blog’s goal to encourage the job seeking public to consider new careers in Climate Change, Environmental and Infrastructure markets because we believe there will be strong opportunities in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and protecting the environment as our economy recovers.

Why There Is Need For More Environment Health Professionals

Crude oil contains toxic chemicals which can present a host of different health problems in humans (see report). The thousands of cleanup workers and residents in the spill areas could be adversely affected by these chemicals if they do not take the right precautions. (See stories about illness) Why is it important to talk about this issue now? Over the years it will take the gulf coast to recover from this disaster, there will be an increased need for trained environmental health professionals who can monitor and treat any illnesses related to oil exposure.  There are many stories of workers from the Exxon Valdez spill developing and suffering serious illnesses years after oil exposure and the possibility of a health crisis in the gulf region is real. (Here is a video from MSNBC about the health effects of oil exposure by Riki Ott, Marine Toxicologist and expert on the Exxon Valdez Spill ).

The EPA, federal and local health officials are using education and ongoing testing to ensure public safety. Our hope is that the numbers of qualified candidates for these jobs will rise to deal with any future problems.

The Outlook For Environmental Health Jobs

Since it will take a considerable amount of time to clean up the oil and restore the ecosystem, it is expected that health related job opportunities which will support the clean up workers will rise to meet the demand. (see Bureau of Labor Statistics Outlook) Here are some job titles:

  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Environmental Health & Safety Professionals
  • Human Risk Assessor
  • Ecological Risk Assessor

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Alabama Oil Spill/Environmental Cleanup Jobs

This article is a public service to get as many interested people to help with the Oil Spill clean up.Hinton Human Capital does not receive compensation from the State of Alabama nor is it under contract with or endorsed by any officials of the State of Alabama.

The State of Alabama is bracing for the oil spill to hit its shores in the near future. Here is the website where interested parties may submit their information for employment.

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Hinton Human Capital has joined the effort to refer all who are interested in  Oil Spill cleanup jobs to the appropriate places. Here is a posting from Tradesman International, a company who is hiring cleanup workers.

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Q&A: Are Oil Spill and Other Disaster Recovery Related Jobs Green?

The Answer Is Yes

Disaster Recovery and Environmental Remediation/Restoration(HAZMAT) jobs are definitely green. Here is why: Oil  is a hazardous material which can cause serious damage in an ecosystem or a human population if it is left unchecked. Every person involved the clean up process must be specially trained in proper cleaning,disposal and safety protocols to ensure the oil is removed without further damage to the environment. (During the Exxon Valdez cleanup, crews used steam cleaners which were later found to kill off important microbial life.) After the spill is successfully cleaned, teams of scientists are assigned to monitor the area for ecological and health effects. 

What Industries Hire People With This Training?

  1. Government: Most major cities have a hazmat trained personnel to respond to any type of emergent environmental accident, natural disaster or terrorism.Their first order of business is to establish what type of contamination; how much and how to stop the contamination from spreading. The federal and state governments hire hazmat personnel as of their emergency for major disasters and terrorist incidents.
  2. Energy: Believe or not most energy companies have hazmat trained executives and staff member whose role is to prevent situations like the Louisiana Oil spill from happening through compliance with EPA. OSHA and state environmental regulations. Nuclear Hazmat personnel have more extensive training.
  3. Environmental Consulting Firms: Environmental consulting firms are one of employers for hazardous waste trained professionals. The goverment and private companies hire these firms for their expertise and resources.
  4. Manufacturing:  Any manufacturing operation which uses any type hazardous chemicals will have hazmat trained staff. These people ensure that hazardous chemicals are properly used and handled throughout the manufacturing process. They also work closely with health & safety staff to train employees on how to handle spills and exposures.
  5. Transportation/Logistics: Hazardous materials have to be shipped to their users by pipeline, train, truck or ship. Hazmat trained personnel are responsible for putting together protocols for safe transport and emergency response.

What You Should Do

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Take Advantage Of The Opportunity

Experience is one important factor every employer wants. They want to hire people who are competent, confident and can hit the ground running. The environmental disaster recovery industry is no different. The Louisiana Oil Spill clean up could spawn thousands of temporary jobs. The long-term opportunity lies in the fact that the cleanup workers must get hazardous material clean up/disposal training (Hazmat) before any oil can be cleaned. My goal here is show job seekers how to leverage this disaster recovery experience and training into a new career.

Take Action

  1. Decide if an environmental disaster recovery career is for you: The environmental disaster industry is not filled with easy or plush office jobs. It may mean working outdoors for long hours in hazardous conditions after earthquakes, floods, oil/chemical spills and terrorist attacks in remote areas around the world. These jobs will have a strong appeal for those who like physicallydemanding work. 
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  3. Get educated and trained:  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental technicians (disaster recovery is under this general category)will be one of the fastest growing career fields over the next 10 years due to high growth.If you are interested in a long-term job opportunity, getting additional education and training could be a good investment. There are accredited college degree programs in estimating, environmental management and safety which include advanced Hazmat classes. Applicants who complete these programs are in high demand by law enforcement, industrial firms and relief agencies. There are also certifications like CHMM. CHMP and HMMT  and training programs from EPA and OSHA  which could enhance long-term career aspects.  (Is It Worth the Green E-book) 
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  5. Document Your Experience: Make sure you add all of your significant achievements and training to your resume. If you are in a volunteer status, get a letter on your volunteer organization’s letterhead which acknowledges your time of service and duties. Information like this will become important for future interviews. (Resume Writing Services)
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  7. Network, Network Network: Disaster Response professionals and volunteers work all over the world. Many of them have connections to non-profit organizations and companies who can offer future employment. Get business cards and contact information from project managers, supervisors and government officials so you can build relationships and leverage their network contacts.( Join Hinton Human Capital Mail List)
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Special Report: Oil Spill Related Environmental and Disaster Jobs on the Rise

We are all horrified at how quickly the oil spill has spread and angered by how much time it has taken to get the leak plugged. The Louisiana Oil Spill is one of the largest man-made disasters of recent times. One whose effects will reverberate through the gulf economy for years to come. While the spill will setback the coastal Louisiana fishing industries for a period of time, it will also create a boon of local environmental cleanup jobs and could lead to more environmental related jobs in the future.

A History Lesson

History is a great teacher if we heed its lessons. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled 53 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska which devastated the local economy, 1300 square miles of ocean ecosystems and killed thousands (maybe millions) of wildlife. The clean up effort generated at least 11,000 local jobs and Exxon pumped more than $2.1 Billion to finance the effort. (See Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Facts). There are still a number of long-term research and restoration projects today. Scientists are restoring shoreline ecosystems and assessing the long-term effects  of the oil on animal populations. The states effected by the Deep Horizon Oil Spill can expect a similar situation.

A Look At Today’s Spill And The Jobs To Come

No one knows the final tally of the damages of the Louisiana Oil Spill but I want to give you some ideas of industries which will benefit from this disaster:

  1. Environmental Emergency Response: Many of these companies hold contracts with federal agencies, private industrial firms and state governments to deal with chemical spills and hazardous materials. One of company grew from 400 people to 1500 in 30 days. How is that for job growth?
  2. Water Treatment Industry: I am specifically citing those firms which make chemicals to disperse and treat oil laden water. If you troll, the stock market websites like CNBC (http://www.cnbc.com/id/36907210), these companies will be among the top gainers on the Dow, S&P and other exchanges. Some of these companies have to ramp up the manufacturing operations to meet the demand because the recession has forced them to cut production. Temporary and contract manufacturing jobs maybe around the corner.
  3. Environmental Law: There will be hundreds if not thousands of lawsuits against the responsible parties of the oil spill. Attorneys will need additional staff to handle the mountains of evidence needed to get a judgement. These suits typically take years to complete so there is potential for long-term employment.
  4. Damage Assessment Inspectors: Agencies such as EPA, FEMA, USGS, Army Corps of Engineers and US Coast Guard will have hundreds of people working the spill area to figure out what was damaged, how it was damaged and estimate cleanup costs. Although these jobs maybe temporary, a paid position could pay very well. In addition to federal inspectors, insurance companies environmental groups and the oil companies will have their people on the ground.  They will be looking for people with estimating/construction experience, high math aptitude and ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time.
  5. Oil and Gas Service Companies: There are a number of companies who provide emergency equipment and services such as divers, safety personnel firefighting and well capping  to the Oil & Gas industry who will benefit from the capping and cleanup efforts. I will explore this area more in future articles.

My hope is that we can get the people in place to contain the oil; clean the impacted area and restore the damaged ecosystems as soon as possible. Check our Hinton Human Capital products and services

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