Evaluating Your Oil and Gas Recruiting Needs for 2015

Unemployment is down and the need for skilled workers is climbing. What can you do to anticipate your recruiting needs for the coming year and assure that you beat the competition for the best energy talent?

The Demand

The Energy Information Administration projects domestic crude oil production will to increase to 9.3 million barrels per day in 2015, the highest annual average level of production since 1972. Growing domestic oil and gas sources include shale oil production, hydrofracking and horizontal drilling. The Keystone XL Pipeline could yet be approved. All of which drives the need for highly-skilled talent.

The Talent

Engineers and scientists are reaching retirement age and their slots can’t be filled quickly enough. With the “Great Crew Change,” many tenured boomers retired and millennials began to enter the industry. But because many younger people were warned off the industry by their parents who saw prices dropping and layoffs increasing, there were not enough talented newcomers to replace the previous generation.

The Shortage

As the need for skilled talent increases, oil and gas professionals are inundated by calls from recruiters as supply fails to keep up with demand.

Retiring long term employees have high levels of technical of technical skill, deep industry knowledge and problem-solving ability. Many of them continue to work as contractors after retirement – great for them, because they are able to double-dip pension and high hourly rates, but expensive for businesses.

The Solution

How can you attract oil and gas talent?

Hiring recent graduates is but one avenue to meeting future recruiting needs. Engage students before graduation as well with on-campus recruiting efforts or intern programs to nurture talented engineers before they can be lured by other industries.

Competitors are another source frequently turned to as a source of proven talent, but they can be challenging to contact and attract. Partnering with an industry niche recruiter is key. Recruiters can cold call prospects to discuss your company and opportunity, then act as a go-between to coordinate interviews. This can all be done confidentially to assure prospects that they will not jeopardize their current position by interviewing for yours.

Recruiters can tap into a network of professionals looking for opportunities like yours, often recruiting nationwide, so that no matter how remote your location is, you have access to skilled talent.

For more tips on evaluating and fulfilling your 2015, oil and gas industry recruiting needs, contact FootBridge Energy Services. Our experienced recruiters specialize in placing top talent in the energy industry. Contact us today to learn more about our recruiting services!

Oil and Gas Industry Poised to Help Grow Your Career

The oil and gas industry is one of the few where demand for talent outstrips the supply. Industry leaders are well aware of this talent shortage and they are scrambling to find strategies to close the gap. Among these is the Appalachia Partnership Initiative.

Appalachia Partnership Initiative

The program promotes STEM education and workforce development throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

Chevron Appalachia, the Allegheny Conference, the Benedum Foundation and the RAND Corporation are partnering in a $20 million, four-year effort to create STEM programs in regional middle and high schools. The programs will include hands-on learning and teacher training and will dovetail with training in technical schools and community colleges.

This initiative will prepare young people for solid, well-paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree, but do need strong STEM skills such as science, technology, engineering and math.

Impact of Marcellus Shale

The development of horizontal drilling which allows gas companies to tap into previously inaccessible natural gas deposits has opened a whole new vein of opportunity for job seekers. This is just one source creating the recent boom in demand for skilled workers. Job openings in the oil and gas industry have increased by 40% in the last six years.

Opportunities for Everyone

There is a wide range of career opportunities available in oil and gas that require varying skills and education, including:

  • Engineering and surveying
  • Construction and earthmoving
  • Equipment manufacturing, service and repair
  • Environmental permitting
  • Water transport/wastewater management
  • Well servicing
  • General labor
  • Legal
  • Accounting and other professional services

Occupational Outlook

Why should job seekers who want to grow their careers consider the oil and gas industry?

  • Average earnings for oil and gas workers is nearly $40 an hour.
  • Petroleum Engineering was the highest paying college major in 2013.
  • Average starting salary with a degree in petroleum engineering is $103,000
  • Typical mid-career median salary for petroleum engineers is $160,000.
  • Petroleum Geologists are the second highest paid workers in the United States with a median pay of $183,000 a year
  • Reservoir Engineers are the third highest paid employees in the U.S. and earn a median annual salary of $179,000

Interested in pursuing work in the oil and gas industries? Contact FootBridge Energy Services. Our recruiters will help you identify training opportunities and promising job openings. Contact us today to learn more!