April 2014: Oil and Gas’ Most Wanted

Hiring managers in the oil and gas industry are scouring North America far and wide for skilled candidates. The challenge? Other industries are vying to attract the same talent. As in any good battle, the victory goes to whoever not only fights the hardest, but uses a myriad of tactics in order to come out on top. It’s up to oil and gas companies to offer enviable benefits — whether that’s outsized salaries or flexible work hours — to win out over competing sectors.

ListLooking at current demand of jobs posted on Rigzone during the last quarter reveals a list of most sought after professionals who many hiring managers would love to employ. Let’s break down a few from oil and gas’ “most wanted” list:

  • Mechanical Engineer — It’s no surprise mechanical engineers top the list of jobs posted considering hiring managers who, in an earlier survey, deemed them a top priority for the first six months for this year. While the number of mechanical engineering bachelor’s degrees conferred rose seven percent from 2011-20121, there still remains a large supply/demand gap that energy companies are trying to plug.
  • Petroleum Engineer — Certainly the most specific to the oil and gas industry, companies are looking for petroleum engineers with technical knowledge as well as strong communication, project management and leadership skills. A self-starter with a sensitivity to deadlines doesn’t hurt. One services firm even advertised that they’re looking for a professional who can “hit the ground running”.
  • Geologist — Skilled geologists could work for the government or in the mining sector, but oil and gas may be the wisest place for a career. According to government statistics, average salaries are $90,890 for geoscientists across all industries, but geologists in oil and gas will on average earn more than $113,000 according to Rigzone data.
  • Electrical Engineer — These engineers in oil and gas earn $94,025 annually, up two percent year/year. But, the number of electrical engineers earning bachelor degrees has declined seven percent from 10 years ago causing a headache for companies in need of these professionals. The good news? EE degrees conferred are up five percent from 2011-20121 so help appears to be on the way.

Hiring managers will be recruiting for these and many more positions during the Offshore Technology Conference May 5-8th in Houston at the Rigzone booth #5869.

Paul Caplan
President, Rigzone

1. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)