Shale tycoon and industry players are working to attract young talent to the petroleum engineering field. Harold Hamm, the founder of Continental Resources, has established the Hamm Institute for American Energy to support university courses in this area. The industry believes that oil and natural gas will continue to be crucial energy sources for decades to come. A shortage of skilled workers has led to inflationary pressures and delays in energy projects, with some major projects struggling to find enough workers. The stigma around the industry and competition from technology firms are deterring potential talent.