Gladys M. Brown has just one word for young Pennsylvanians contemplating a career: Utilities.

Brown, the chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, on Thursday told students at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster that there's a great future in working for utilities, which expanded their employment 11 percent in the last five years, and pay on average $93,000 a year — "twice the average wage for all industries."

Brown and utility officials attended the job fair to raise awareness about careers at utilities, which face a large number of retirements in coming years from their aging workforce.