Petroleum Career Guide

Careers in the oil and gas industry offer exciting opportunities to explore. Use this guide to learn more about the industry, or to learn how to hatch a student or entry level job in oil and gas.

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Petroleum Average Starting Salaries

Entry-Level Engineering

  • Environmental
    $62,542
  • Electrical
    $64,902
  • Electronics
    $71,179
  • Materials
    $65,391
  • Chemical
    $66,505
  • Field Services
    $54,171

Field Operations

  • Control Centre Operator
    $60,000
  • Drilling Leasehand
    $27/hr
  • Drillers
    $42.20/hr
  • Service Rig Technicians
    $22/hr
  • Operators
    $33/hr
  • Drilling floorhand
    $25/hr

Business & Administrative Support

  • Accounting clerk
    $34,000 – $41,000
  • Accountant (junior)
    $40,000 – $55,000
  • Administrative assistant
    $34,000 – $42,000
  • Clerical support staff
    $30,000 – $41,000
  • Sales representative
    $53,000 – $78,000
  • Inside sales representative
    $46,000 – $75,000

Considering a career in Oil & Gas?

The oil and gas industry is teeming with opportunity, and as the industry continues to expand, oil and gas professionals are in high demand. With roles in technology, sustainability, engineering and more, the oil and gas industry can accommodate students and grads with different backgrounds and skillsets.

It’s a really great industry; it provides a real combination of field work and office work, and I think that’s appealing to a lot of people.

Cheryl Knight, CEO and Executive Director, Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada

In-demand skills and traits:

Communication

Team-oriented

Adaptability

Problem-solving

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