The Best Places to Launch a Career ranking is based on three separate surveys: a BusinessWeek poll of career-services directors at U.S. colleges; a survey of 40,000 U.S. college students conducted by Universum USA, a Philadelphia research company; and a BusinessWeek poll of the employers themselves.
PSEG is one of New Jersey's largest employers, and its leader is one of the energy industry's most vocal workforce development advocates.
"Being able to attract talent is becoming increasingly important as Baby Boomers retire," said Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and CEO of PSEG.
Izzo is also chair of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). A 2007 CEWD Workforce Survey report found that the aging workforce represents a significant challenge to the energy industry, which faces the prospect of losing roughly half of its workforce at a time when growing demands for electricity coupled with a growing population and economy are fueling demand for workers.
The report says that nearly 40% of line-worker jobs may need to be filled by the year 2012 and that roughly 46% of engineering jobs may be vacant by the same year.
That makes efforts to recruit and retain workers more important than ever before.
"We are working hard on becoming an industry and a company where people want to work," Izzo said. "At PSEG we are focused on attracting talented people who share our values and reflect the communities we serve. We understand the importance of providing training, tuition reimbursement, developmental opportunities, and a good work/life balance. That makes PSEG a good place for a career, not just a job." "The success we have enjoyed for over a century is a direct reflection of the quality of our employees," Izzo added. "And there is no doubt that it is they who are the primary determinant of our future prospects." Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $12 billion, and three principal subsidiaries: PSEG Power, PSEG Energy Holdings, and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). PSEG Power, one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S. has three main subsidiaries: PSEG Fossil, PSEG Nuclear, and PSEG Energy Resources & Trade. PSEG Energy Holdings has two main unregulated energy-related businesses: PSEG Global and PSEG Resources.