The need for top talent doesn't stop during a downturn - it increases. Proven skills and education become top priority and with talent, higher pay follows. Whether you are looking to make a career change, advance in your career, or would like to enter the business, the oil and gas industry offers something for everyone. The industry supports jobs in exploring, producing, refining, transporting and marketing oil and natural gas, along with the purchases it makes of other goods and services that support the industry's operations, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API). Equipment supplies, construction companies, management specialists, and food service businesses are all strongly linked to the industry.
Specifically, 9.2 million American jobs support the sector, adding more than $1 trillion to the national economy. As the economy makes an upturn, the need for skilled and educated employees will continue to be in high demand. Jobs requiring a master's degree are expected to grow the fastest, while those requiring a high school diploma will experience the slowest growth over the 2010-2020 timeframe, according to the United States Department of Labor.
Recently, the Houston Chronicle conducted their annual ranking of the city's top workplaces for 2012 listing 150 notable companies due to their advancement opportunities, value of pay and benefits, and communication and management skills from the bosses. Rigzone takes this list a step further and discusses the oil and gas jobs available at a few of these recognized companies.
Click through the slideshow to find out more about each company, what areas of the oil and gas industry they specialize in and what positions are available.
Anadarko states it is among the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production compan in the world with 2.54 billion barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves at year-end 2011.
Anadarko holds assets in a dozen major U.S. onshore resource plays and is also the largest independent deepwater producer in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil and gas company also holds resources in Alaska, Algeria, Brazil, China, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, New Zealand, Kenya and West and South Africa.
With more than 1,999 employees, the company, founded in 1985, is headquartered in Houston. Anadarko is looking to fill positions specializing in geology, engineering, supply chain and safety and training.
TransCanada, synonymous with the Keystone XL pipeline project, is set to be the leading energy infrastructure company in North America. With a strong focus on pipelines, gas storage facilities and power plants, the company is the third largest natural gas storage provider in North America with about 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity.
The company, employing approximately 4,500, is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. TransCanada is looking to fill positions in engineering, accounting or finance.
Aker Solutions is a global company operating in more than 30 countries providing oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry world-wide. The company specializes in knowledge and technologies from the reservoir to production and through the life of a field.
With many offices in several locations, Aker is headquartered in Norway and employs about 25,000 people in more than 30 countries. Aker is hiring in business/management, administration, operations, and engineering.
Enbridge is recognized for operating the world's longest, most sophisticated crude oil and liquids transportation system. The company has a significant and growing presence in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power transmission.
With more than 6,900 employees, Enbridge was founded in 2001 and has corporate headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The company has open positions across the board from administration, marketing, truck driving to engineering and finance.
Founded by Lloyd Noble in 1932, Noble Energy has been in the oil and gas business for more than 80 years. Branded as one of the first independent producers to explore in the Gulf of Mexico, the company is an S&P 500 company with reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent and assets totaling over $16 billion at year-end 2011.
Noble Energy's operations include the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States, both onshore and off, and internationally, including West Africa and the Mediterranean.
The company, headquartered in Houston and employing approximately 760 people, is looking to fill positions in engineering, geology, marketing, accounting and finance, IT and administration.
Hilcorp is the third-largest, privately-held exploration and production company in the United States. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Houston, Hilcorp employs more than 1,000 people. The oil and gas company operates in 11 areas including the Gulf Coast region, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rockies and Alaska's Cook Inlet.
With roughly 25 open positions at Hilcorp, the company is looking to fill vacancies in field operations, engineering, geology and accounting.
With more than 745 million barrels of proved crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids reserves, EOG Resources is a publicly-owned oil and natural gas company. The company's areas of operation are onshore and throughout the United States and the world, specifically in Argentina, China, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom.
EOG, formerly Enron Oil & Gas Company, adopted a new name in 1999 and then declared its independence from Enron. The company employs approximately 2,550 people and is headquartered in Houston.
With about 52 open positions, EOG has vacancies in accounting, operations, marketing, drilling, engineering, and geology.
LINN Energy has grown from a handful of natural gas wells in 2003 to a top-15 independent U.S. E&P company with about 5.1 trillion cubic feet of equivalent of proved reserves in producing U.S. basins. The company has about 15,000 gross productive oil and natural gas wells, and two of its key growth areas are the Granite Wash and Permian Basin Wolfberry Trend.
Now housing roughly 1,000 employees, LINN was founded in 2003 and has access to about 3.2 million gross acres throughout the United States. The company is headquartered in Houston and has open positions in engineering, business and management.
Energy XXI, an oil and gas exploration and production company, operates or has an interest in six of the 11 largest oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in October 2005, the company's core properties are located in coastal and offshore Louisiana. By year-end 2010, the company had estimated proved plus probable reserves totaling 158.1 million barrels of oil equivalent.
The company is headquartered in Bermuda and has open positions in engineering.
Oil and Gas Solutions is an independent engineering company specializing in large but lightweight topsides designs that are fit for purpose for fixed/floating production facilities. The company focuses on layout optimization, weight minimization, agility and flexibility, and scalability.
Founded in 2007 by CEO Bob Lindsay, the company recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. It has grown from a small team of 15 to about 60 employees with a goal to surpass 250 by 2015. Headquartered in Houston, OGS has several openings in engineering.
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