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8 oil and gas professions in high demand

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media

As the shale drilling boom continues to march on into the future, experienced professionals and engineers are becoming commodities as valuable as the oil and gas being extracted, according to a recent report by Rigzone, an online oil and gas information service.

Rigzone recently asked about 200 hiring managers from oil and gas companies which positions were the most difficult to fill. The skills in highest demand, not surprisingly, are drilling, petroleum and reservoir engineers. The increase in drilling activity across the nation and drilling in challenging locations have made engineers as elusive as discovering the next viable oil formation.

The third-most desired positions are safety managers and advisors. In an effort to make worker safety a priority, companies are seeking professionals to offer guidance and instruction on procedures and processes.

Mechanics are also in high demand, and recruiters are encouraging mechanics in search of a particular niche to call the oil and gas industry home. According to government statistics, the average pay for mechanics is roughly $37,000 per year. In the oil and gas industry, however, those wages are nearly doubled.

The most difficult positions to fill, according to Rigzone are:

  1. Drilling engineers, petroleum engineers and reservoir engineers
  2. Mechanical engineers
  3. Process engineers and health and safety managers and advisors
  4. Mechanics
  5. Accounting or finance professionals and production engineers
  6. Field service techs
  7. Welders and fitters
  8. Pipeline engineers, sales and marketing professionals and coil tubing professionals

Click here to read the full breakdown at Rigzone.com.

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