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Are there good jobs available building gas pipelines?

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The average yearly income for gas pipeline construction workers and technicians was a little over $58,000 in 2014, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. While workers in some areas can make upwards of $40 an hour, gas pipeline workers were ranked as having the worst job in 2010 by Forbes Magazine.

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Are there good jobs available building gas pipelines?
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Gas pipeline workers have job duties that include operating heavy machinery, building and maintaining large above-ground and underground pipelines that could be under high pressure and working with potentially hazardous chemicals. The natural gas and petroleum industries are growing, which means that there are a large number of jobs available in building and maintaining gas pipelines. Workers in 2014 worked an average of about 45 hours a week, and so far are making about $37 dollars an hour in 2015, notes the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are a number of potential dangers involved in working on gas pipelines, which led to the job being ranked as the worst job of 2010 by Forbes Magazine. Workers often experience slips and falls, and are in danger of experiencing machinery accidents and explosions from high pressure and flammable materials. On average, a gas pipeline construction worker spent about 45 hours on the job per week in 2014.

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