BLOG: Rigzone Survey Examines Departed Oil, Gas Workers

BLOG: Rigzone Survey Examines Departed Oil, Gas Workers
We wanted to know how the industry downturn affected oil and gas professionals' career paths. So we conducted a survey to find out.

Several months ago, Rigzone set out on a mission to find out what happened to the oil and gas workers who had left the industry during or after the downturn.

Why did they leave?

Where did they go?

Will they return?

I had received enough emails over the past two-and-a-half years to see that this is a topic a) readers feel very strongly about and b) better addressed by insightful analysis rather than one-off email responses.

So I created a survey and Rigzone sent it out to its global email database as well as its social media channels. You all spoke and we heard you loud and clear. Throughout the next few months, we’ll be publishing the results of the survey, which garnered more than 1,500 responses from across the world.

Using this insight, we’re better able to see how the effects of the oil and gas industry downturn have affected your career paths. And we’ll be able to produce content based around your specific needs. Stay Tuned!  


Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Michael Ardoin  |  July 30, 2017
As of this July, I am a 50 year veteran of the oil & gas industry. At 69 I was still working down in south Texas for a small oil & gas company as a hands on production foreman. Due to the downturn in the industry & the company filing chapter 11 bankruptcy I was finally laid off on February 8th of this year. Not bitter, just disappointed. But despite my age I am still seeking to find work somewhere even if it is only part time.
Bill Archer  |  July 27, 2017
I had 19 years in oil and gas all over the world, and was let go in April of last year. Being a tradesperson, I just moved over into the marine industry. The reduced wages arent worth going back at this time.
Clark  |  July 21, 2017
They want experience but arent willing to pay for it. Especially in the Bakken
David Thompson  |  July 21, 2017
End of 2014 I was asked to train a new mud engineer before he went off to mud school. Id been a consulting mud engineer for about 29 years, I schooled him up pretty well, he went off and the next day I got laid off. Yes, I was a little hostile. My boss said it isnt final until tomorrow morning, heres a PO for Wal-Mart, get all the office supplies you need. Im still operating on the ink I got and all the paper. Got a few bins to hold it all. They may think theyre the biggest, but they sure arent the brightest. Get rid of the high dollar people, who make you more money, keep the rookies and youre still paying for that BIG mistake. Send off 22 morning reports and 3 get read, must be BP. Dont those dimbulbs realize that we can flag their stuff to see if it ever gets opened?