Parents have an enormous influence on their child’s career decisions.

If you have young ones at home, you probably have a lot on your plate. You’re a tutor, chef, chauffer, entertainer, therapist – the list goes on.  And with all these hats, talking to your kids about a seemingly far-distant career may not be top of mind.

Yet starting these conversations early can shape today’s decisions, like helping your child choose extracurricular activities and classes that will expose them to a variety of career options.

So, what high-wage, high-demand opportunities will be available when the next generation is ready to hand out their resumes?

More than 10,000 energy industry positions are available each year, and more than 1,800 of those are here in Michigan. And these numbers are on the rise.

The Michigan Workforce Development Agency estimates the Energy Cluster to grow by 9.4 through 2024. At the same time, up to 50 percent of workers in Michigan’s energy industry will be eligible to retire within the next five years.

While the types of jobs in the energy industry are wide-ranging, there are five key career areas where there are significant opportunities:

To learn more about career options, visit  Get into Energy outlines career roadmaps, giving students a step-by-step overview of what it takes to be successful in various energy careers. Your kids can even take the energy career quiz see which jobs are suited to their personality and interests.

There is also an interactive Exploration Game for STEM careers from Change the Equation. If your child is curious and loves problem-solving, this could be a fun, interactive way to introduce them to career paths in science, technology, engineering and math.

Know someone who is already looking for an internship, co-op or full-time job? Tell them to check out to find current openings.

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