National Research Council Finds Energy Industry Facing Worker Shortage Due To Retirements. (Associated Press March 21, 2013) reports that a National Research Council report issued Thursday found the US doesn't have a large enough supply of "qualified workers to meet the future needs of the mining and energy sectors, from coal digging and gas drilling to solar and wind power." The report urges "a retooling of higher education to produce more young people competent in science, technology, engineering and math." Jobs in the energy and mining sectors are predicted to have a "bright present and future," with demand continuing to be high and pay good for workers. The report notes the oil and gas industry is having a specific challenge because its workforce is "currently concentrated at both the older and younger ends of the spectrum," meaning there is a continued "gap in experience and maturity" in the middle that has led to difficulty replacing retiring managers.