Westhill Consulting Career & Employment Australia: Opportunities in gas and oil jobs heating up

Market trends

Australia, Canada, Jakarta Indonesia, Brazil, and Iraq are considering record levels of investment and demand for skilled staff. Some companies are growing segment of the energy industry.

Energy demand is rising in the emerging economies of Asia e.g. China, Jakarta Indonesia and India, countries ambitious for development and requiring energy to do so. Working in gas and oil may perhaps take you to work in remarkable places.

Job trends

Last year’s survey Oil and gas board demonstrates that 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs will be created in 2013 because of the raise in oil and gas investment and shale gas exploration also increasing jobs. The average salary of £64,000 per year is twofold that of the national average in the UK. There is possibilit to earn even higher wages by working aboard.

There is a serious skills shortage and demand for qualified staff, especially in the North Sea, is reaching an all-time high. The skills shortage is being magnified by a shortage of staff abroad attracting qualified expats from abroad tempted by higher wages.

Growing jobs in the UK include engineers and drill crew, experienced geoscientists and exploration engineers, exploration and appraisal specialists, senior planners and contract managers with experience in managing major contacts.

In Australia, there is a demand for HSE advisors, contract specialists, subsea engineers, subsea fitters and flow assurance engineers, operators, technicians and engineers with local liquefied natural gas (LNG) experience.

If Singapore appeals, there is demand for geophysicists, geoscientists, reservoir engineers, senior drilling engineers, especially Malaysian and Indonesian nationals.

In Malaysia, there is demand for senior commercial roles such as head of business development managers, country managers and sales managers.

China – growth for those with experience of environmental impact assessment, government relations, project management and niche expertise of drilling and geosciences for unconventional exploration and production. The gas and oil industry is growing in India, so if working in this burgeoning country appeals, there is a wave of new hiring forecast.

In Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, there is high demand for piping and subsea engineers. In Poland, designers in the petrochemical industry, and Polish process engineers, and piping designers are sought after.

In Canada, the Keystone pipeline is creating demand for professionals with experience of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), project controls managers and engineers, planners, estimators, project managers, construction managers, construction managers and project engineers.

In Mexico, there is a demand for professionals working on brown field projects with backgrounds in production, design, maintenance, seismic surveys, environmental restoration/studies, and infrastructure works.

If working in Columbia appeals, there is growth in technical positions of exploration such as Geosciences, Petroleum engineering and QHSE.

In the USA, there is a demand for professionals with offshore and exploration backgrounds, fuelled by new discoveries for the gulf.

10 Tips for a successful career in oil and gas

1. Do your homework; as well as The Telegraph’s annual gas and oil feature, management consultancies such as Deloitte and Hays publish free annual reports about the industry;

2. Look out for the annual survey from ‘Oil and Gas people’ for the latest trends;

3. Warning! Be prepared to travel internationally and be mobile to realise your full career potential;

4. Learn a language to improve your marketability and ability to have choice of jobs;

5. Acquire a higher qualification to add another string to your bow – research shows that in future, people will need a higher level of qualification than they do now;

6. Do some diversity awareness training to build your understanding of working alongside different cultures;

7. Invest in a good quality suitcase and passport cover;

8. If you have children interested in this area as a career, ensure they study science subjects at school;

9. Choose a life partner who is flexible and happy to travel and live abroad; and

10. Keep up to date with sector trends and contacts wherever you work in the world on LinkedIn and request recommendations and skills endorsements.

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