How reducing methane emissions creates jobs

Tackling methane emissions produces cleaner air and creates high-quality jobs

New research shows that reducing methane emissions from oil and gas facilities helps clean the air and creates good, high-quality jobs.

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The methane mitigation industry in the U.S. has nearly doubled since 2017.

Over 200 companies across the country are helping to manufacture the technology and provide the services needed to reduce harmful oil and gas pollution.

A new report from Datu Research offers an inside look at the methane mitigation industry - a rapidly expanding job market that helps the oil and gas industry reduce its carbon footprint.

Find Measure Fix: Jobs in the U.S. Methane Emissions Mitigation Industry found the industry offers well-paying employment opportunities across the country that cannot be offshored -- saving money, minimizing waste and keeping otherwise lost product in the pipe, while reducing harmful pollution.

Key research findings

  • There are over 225 manufacturing and service companies with nearly 1000 employee locations across the country.
  • The methane mitigation service sector in the U.S. has nearly doubled in size since 2017, and the manufacturing industry has grown by one third since 2014.
  • The majority (65%) of these are small businesses with potential to grow larger with the expansion of national methane reduction efforts.
  • 75% of manufacturing firms and 88% of service firms report that they would create more jobs if national methane standards were to be reinstated.
  • The starting salary for methane mitigation jobs is nearly 10% higher than the national average salary, and they can pay up to $140,000 a year.

This is the third in a series of studies that has followed trends in this steadily growing job market.

Where the jobs are

The interactive methane mitigation map plots the locations of these companies and their operations - visualizes the current landscape and potential growth opportunities for this industry in numerous American cities.

Legend

Yellow map markerHeadquarters
Red map markerManufacturing / Assembly
Green map markerHQ + Manufacturing
Purple map markerOther (Services, sales, offices, equipment maintenance, etc)

Note: while EDF has attempted to ensure the overall accuracy of information provided, we take no responsibility for any inaccuracies in the business information supplied on the Methane Mitigation Industry Map.