5 Communications And IT Careers In Oil And Gas


If you’re looking to balance your tech skills with the perks of the petroleum industry, you’re in luck! Every business needs people to communicate information and assist with IT.

With the right education, training and skills, you could land yourself a job in one of these unique Communications or IT positions in the oil and gas field:

Technical Assistant

Oil and gas operations involve projects with many different personnel. These projects often need someone to make sure that technical employees have the right information to carry out a project on a set schedule. If you’re organized and have strong IT skills, a Technical Assistant position may be the perfect role for you!

Project duties include compiling statistics, producing technical reports, completing data analysis and building databases. Your research skills will be put to the test as you source information for reports, drawings and other projects.

Technical Assistants also occasionally travel offshore to assist with projects on-site.

To become a Technical Assistant, a vocational training diploma in an IT-related field or other relevant study is handy, as well as strong attention to detail and advanced Microsoft Office skills.

Information Technology (IT) Technician

IT technicians are the paramedics of computer systems – a highly valuable role in our computer-dependent business world.

Without them, business and office operations in oil and gas could not function. Systems crash all the time and reducing down time is an important part of maximizing productivity.  Beyond monitoring computer performance, IT technicians often install new programs, train other employees and stay on top of program updates.

The ideal candidate for this role will have a relevant university degree or a college certificate in Information Technology.  If you succeed in this role, you could work towards a career as an IT Advisor, Team Leader or Manager.

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Technician

Offshore projects come with risks, so safety protocols are crucial.

A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Technician ensures that ROVs are safe and comply with safety and technical standards. This role is one of the most important roles for safe oil and gas processing.

A degree in engineering or a related technical field (electrical, mechanical) is a requirement. ROV Technicians may face harsh conditions offshore, so the role also requires an offshore medical certificate for safety precautions.

An entry level ROV Technician can steer their career in the directon of an ROV Pilot, Supervisor, Technical Support Engineer or Project Manager. Clearly there’s a lot of room for growth!

Communications Coordinator

Oil and gas companies are often large, multinational corporations, so effective communication across departments and even offices is key.

A Communications Coordinator is responsible for sharing a company’s mission, updates, news and other information via various media channels. Strong written communication skills are vital to the role, as the coordinator will be responsible for producing significant written content such as marketing copy, reports and presentations.

The role may also involve acting as a liaison between various departments, to ensure people are in sync and mutually working toward company goals.

To snag this job, a communications, marketing or business degree is usually preferred. You should also be able to demonstrate to the employer that you possess strong written and oral communication skills.

Personnel Logistics Coodinator

Off-site projects require relocation, methods of transportation and organization. A Personnel Logistics Coordinator is responsible for scheduling and assisting employees based onshore or travelling offshore.

In this role, you could find yourself with various responsibilities related to project completion including scheduling and crew rotations, booking transportation and accommodations and managing documentation. Just think of yourself as a travel agent, administrative assistant and internal communications officer all in one!

The Personnel Logistics Coordinator also has to complete tasks while being mindful of company policies and procedures. Sound like a lot of work? It could really pay off! The role could lead to a Team Supervisor or Manager role in the future.

Want more insight into careers in oil and gas? Check out TalentEgg’s Petroleum Career Guide!

Sources: Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform

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Jessica Cruz 's scattered thoughts, ideas and quirky comics travel from her mind to paper. She enjoys narrative writing, graphic design, outdoor sports, and occasionally defeating virtual zombies. Her final year at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College (joint program) lands a double major in Communication, Culture & Information Technology (CCIT) and Professional Writing. She faces a career quest in the realm of marketing, design, writing, and web. Find her on Twitter or LinkedIn.