Opportunities in gas and oil jobs heating up
Want a career with political, environmental, and economic implications that makes a difference to whether people eat, keep warm and can be mobile?
A career with no boundaries internationally, that could take you to work on a North Sea rig, Azerbaijan or the South China Sea? A market that is changing shape all the time? An end product that is affected by war zones such as Libya? A job that will have you working alongside talented people from different countries of the world? A product for which there will always be a demand, until it runs out? Look no further than oil and gas. Energy gives a country independence and power on the world’s political and economic stage.
Working in the gas and oil industry in an oil job is an exciting choice and a career with longevity. Energy is an emotive topic because of nuclear power, oil spills and their effect on the environment and the price of petrol at the pumps.
There is a shortage of skilled workers, so in a world of high unemployment, the world is your oyster.
This career guide has been created exclusively for The Telegraph and shares market trends, Energy job trends and tips for a successful career in oil and gas.
Brazil, Australia, Canada and Iraq are seeing record levels of investment and demand for qualified staff. Shale gas is a growing segment of the energy industry.
Want to work on the oil sands of Canada in Alberta, the oil reserves of Libya, or on the gas shale of Qatar? Energy demand is growing in the emerging economies of Asia e.g. China and India, countries hungry for expansion and needing the power to do so. Working in gas and oil could take you to work in exotic places.
The 2013 Survey Oil and gas board show that 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs will be created in 2013 due to the increase in oil and gas investment and shale gas exploration also boosting jobs. The average salary of £64,000 per year is twice that of the national average in the UK. There is potential to earn even higher wages by working aboard.
There is a severe skills shortage and demand for qualified staff, especially in the North Sea, is reaching an all-time high. The skills shortage is being magnified by a lack of staff abroad attracting qualified expats from abroad tempted by higher wages.
Growing jobs in the UK include engineers and drill crew, experienced geoscientists and exploration engineers, exploration and appraisal specialists, senior planners and contract managers with experience in managing major contracts.
In Australia, there is a demand for HSE advisors, contract specialists, subsea engineers, subsea filters and flow assurance engineers, operators, technicians and engineers with local liquefied natural gas (LNG) experience.
If Singapore appeals, there is demand for geophysicists, geoscientists, reservoir engineers, senior drilling engineers, especially Malaysian and Indonesian nationals.
In Malaysia, there is demand for senior commercial roles such as head of business development managers, country managers and sales managers.
China – growth for those with experience of environmental impact assessment, government relations, project management and niche expertise of drilling and geosciences for unconventional exploration and production. The gas and oil industry is growing in India, so if working in this burgeoning country appeals, there is a wave of new hiring forecast.
In Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, there is high demand for piping and subsea engineers. In Poland, designers in the petrochemical industry, and Polish process engineers, and piping designers are sought after.
In Canada, the Keystone pipeline is creating demand for professionals with experience in steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), project controls managers and engineers, planners, estimators, project managers, construction managers, construction managers and project engineers.
In Mexico, there is demand for professionals working on brownfield projects with backgrounds in production, design, maintenance, seismic surveys, environmental restoration/studies, and infrastructure works.
If working in Columbia appeals, there is growth in technical positions of exploration such as Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering and QHSE.
In the USA, there is demand for professionals with offshore and exploration backgrounds, fuelled by new discoveries for the Gulf.
10 Tips for a Successful Career in Oil and Gas
- Do your homework; as well as The Telegraph’s annual gas and oil feature, management consultancies such as Deloitte and Hays publish free annual reports about the industry;
- Look out for the annual survey of ‘Oil and Gas people’ for the latest trends;
- Be prepared to travel internationally and be mobile to realise your full career potential;
- Learn a language to improve your marketability and ability to have choice of jobs;
- Acquire a higher qualification to add another string to your bow – research shows that in future, people will need a higher level of skill than they do now;
- Do some diversity awareness training to build your understanding of working alongside different cultures;
- Invest in a good quality suitcase and passport cover;
- If you have children interested in this area as a career, ensure they study science subjects at school;
- Choose a life partner who is flexible and happy to travel and live abroad; and
- Keep up to date with sector trends and contacts wherever you work in the world on LinkedIn and request recommendations and skills endorsements.