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Number of women in the ND oil industry increasing

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+

According to the Job Service of North Dakota downtown Williston office, more and more women are applying for oil and gas industry positions. This is largely because the labor market in North Dakota is shifting from looking for anyone at all to looking for more technical positions. Cindy Sanford stated that the percentage of women seeking jobs in North Dakota has jumped 65 percent since January. Most companies are also not looking to hire people who want 2 weeks on 2 weeks off they want residential employees.

Eric Kellelea reports:

“This is an industry now,” said Phil Davis, the customer service officer manager in Bismarck. “It’s not just a boom anymore.”

The managers said more men than women initially came to the Bakken for drilling jobs. Men who have stayed here for 18 to 24 months tend to bring their families into the community. In the meantime, the oil and gas industry has sought out additional workers for production — lease operators, workover employees, pumpers and technical positions.


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