Nearly 1.9 million direct job opportunities are projected to be available in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries through 2035. These jobs are available across a wide range of occupations requiring a variety of skills and education. Opportunities will be available based on the continued growth in the industry, implementation of accelerated development policies, additional investment in infrastructure and replacement of retiring workers. This section contains more information on the number and location of jobs in the oil and gas industry, where typical salary information can be found, and where future job growth is expected.
Number of Jobs in the Oil and Gas Industry by Occupation
The Veterans Energy Pipeline website analyzed 84 occupations in the oil and gas industry and organized them into 12 job categories. Employment figures showing current and projected growth in the industry use a slightly different occupational categorization. A key difference between the two is that the Veterans Energy Pipeline job categories break out Skilled Blue Collar and Semi-Skilled Blue Collar occupations by function, for example, Construction and Extraction or Installation, Maintenance and Repair. The chart below shows direct employment in the oil and gas industry in 2015 by occupational category, ranging from managerial to unskilled blue collar. The categories employing the most workers are skilled and semi-skilled blue collar occupations. Examples of specific occupations included in the categories are: