3 Unique Career Fields In Oil And Gas You Should Consider


It’s Petroleum Week here at TalentEgg!

This week’s career guide introduces students and new grads to egg-citing roles in oil and gas.

While there are lots of opportunities in traditional technically-oriented roles, there are also a number of opportunities for less common careers in oil and gas.

Here’s a quick introduction to some roles you may not have heard of!

Air transportation

Soar with the upstream oil industry! Travelling to offshore and onshore sites is vital to project operations as people, material, and cargo need a way to get to remote locations. In addition, oil and gas projects sometimes need a bird’s eye view. That’s why companies hire engineers, pilots, mechanics and more to maintain the flying functions of their business! Possible roles include:

  • Aircraft Engine/Hydraulics Mechanic
  • Aerial Survey Pilot
  • Aircraft Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  • Helicopter Mechanic
  • Pipeline Air Patrol Pilot

Land negotiation and management

Do you like dealing with people? If so, consider working in land negotiation and management for a petroleum company! Such a role would involve acquiring land permits, maintaining relationships with land owners, drafting land sale agreements and more. Specific positions include:

  • Land Agent or Land Use Technician
  • Lease Contract Negotiator
  • Reclamation Coordinator
  • Right-of-Way Agent/Planner

Quality control and inspection

Quality control and inspection is crucial on oil rigs and pipeline projects, where safety is a primary concern. To manage safety issues, oil and gas companies will hire inspectors, technicians and specialists to keep everything running smoothly.

No matter which position you pursue, your role will be very important – making sure everything complies with safety protocols, environmental policies and related standards and procedures. Quality control and inspection roles can include:

  • Chief Inspector
  • Coatings Inspector
  • ISO Inspector
  • Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Inspector/Technician
  • Quality Specialist or Quality Assurance/Quality Control Inspectors

Learn more about careers in oil and gas in TalentEgg’s Petroleum Career Guide!

Sources: Careers in Oil and Gas
with files from Vicky Tobianah

Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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