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CareersJobs within the oil and gas industry have changed due to the growth of multi-national companies and advances in technology. For years, companies employed oil scouts that were industry spies sent to gather information on rival company’s wells. This job has all been phased out. Even most entry level positions require some training. Required qualifications vary from field to field, but even entry level positions require a driver’s license, WHMIS, first aid, and the H2S Alive program. Qualifications, referred to as tickets, can be issued after the courses are completed from various technical institutions. There are also private institutions that provide accreditation, such as the Petroleum Industry Training Service (PITS). For management and scientific positions, universities can provide programs such as engineering, geology, and business degrees. Continuing education courses are also widely offered for people in the industry or those who want to get an idea of what the industry is like. In any position within the oil and gas industry, a commitment to providing a quality product and solid service to the customers is integral.

For further information about careers in the energy sector visit the Centre for Energy’s National Occupational Classifications Database. Energy sector jobs are fully searchable, as well as sorted by industry, job classification, and education level required: View The Report



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