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Technical Careers in the Oil & Gas Sector

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Energy is a technology driven business. The journey from discovering energy sources to delivering energy to the end user is a long, arduous and risky process. The industry must constantly be in sync with top notch technology to stay competitive. Therefore, professionals with exceptional technical skills are much sought after throughout the chain – from exploration to production. - Jess Potts

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Energy is a technology driven business. The journey from discovering energy sources to delivering energy to the end user is a long, arduous and risky process. The industry must constantly be in sync with top notch technology to stay competitive.


Therefore, professionals with exceptional technical skills are much sought after throughout the chain – from exploration to production.


Again, there is a clear technical/non technical divide within the sector. Certain jobs can be handled by people with any educational qualification, while certain jobs need specialised technical expertise.


The backgrounds of the technical personnel are very diverse – from engineers (mechanical, chemical, civil) to scientists (geologists or geochemists).


The technical jobs can be found both offshore (rigs, ships, FPSO’s - floating production, storage and offloading), and onshore (terrestrial wells, research and development centres).


Since offshore operations are capital intensive, and safety at work is paramount, most often, offshore personnel receive a better compensation than those onshore.


The Academic Degrees that would be useful in launching a technical career in the industry are as follows:


Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics, Safety and Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Materials Engineering.


Technical Certifications can also boost your chances of getting placed.


According to estimates by the International Energy Agency, the demand for energy is projected to increase by one-third by 2035. The industry has devised several technical programs to train personnel, and ensure they are competent to handle the ever increasing technical requirements.


Professionals with technical expertise from another sector can also find opportunities in the Oil & Gas sector. For instance, a job seeker with a background in construction can transfer the technical expertise to the sector.


- Jess Potts


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