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Jobs in the Oil and Gas Industry

Do you find the idea of working in the petroleum or gas industry exciting? If you’re reading this we’ll take it your answer is a yes. Well, in Australia we have one of the largest natural gas reserves in the whole Asia Pacific region. Plus, more than 60% of Australia’s energy is supplied by the oil and gas industries, and over the past few years these sectors have become major contributors to our country’s economy. We also have strong potential for growth in expanding productions and increasing our exports. If you want to work in a sector that is showing consistent growth and prosperity, oil and gas could be for you.

The oil and gas industries offer multitudes of different job opportunities. There’s sure to be one that fits your personality and skill-set. There are contract and permanent positions available covering the end-to-end of project life-cycles, from conception through to operations and maintenance.
Can’t stand office life? Maybe you’d suit a job using heavy machinery, or stationed on an offshore oil rig. Or do you prefer be indoors? If so, there are plenty of jobs going in labs and offices. In oil and gas you’ll find roles ranging from admin and HR to science and engineering, to construction and exploration and project management. Below we’ve listed the main sectors and jobs within oil and gas to get you thinking.

Which do you think would suit you best?

Engineering Jobs


Oil and gas engineers are involved in almost all stages of oil and gas field evaluation, development and production. Maintaining a strong emphasis on reducing negative impact to the environment, their aim is to work out how to maximise hydrocarbon recovery at minimum cost to their employer.

Skills and qualifications:

You’ll need sound technical and mathematical skills including physics as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. Engineering jobs require a Bachelor’s degree, some options include a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering or a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

Systems Engineer
Structural Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Automation Engineer
Cementing Engineer
Civil Engineer
Control Engineer
Drilling Engineer
Design Engineer
Field Service Engineer
Fire Protection Engineer
HVAC Engineer
Instrument Engineer
Inspection Engineer

Trades Jobs

Currently working a trade but want to move into oil and gas? Oil and gas tradies are required in many stages of oil and gas field development and production. This is a great way to get into the oil and gas sector if you already have an apprenticeship under your belt. If not, it’s definitely something to work towards.

Skills and qualifications:
You’ll need a high level of manual dexterity and excellent attention to detail, as well as good communication and teamwork skills. Most trades jobs do not require a Bachelor’s degree, but will require an apprenticeship, traineeship or special licenses. Some example are the Certificate III in Rigging and the Licence to Erect, Alter and Dismantle Scaffolding.

Crane Operator
Painting and Coating
Power Plant Operator

Management Jobs


There are plenty of management jobs in oil and gas. Depending on the role, you may be responsible for supervising, scheduling or safely executing oil and gas field operations, or in charge of hiring and training new employees. You could be responsible for ensuring that the oil and gas production is increasing the company’s growth, or in charge of achieving production targets in a safe manner.
Skills and qualifications:
You’ll obviously need excellent leadership capability, advanced interpersonal skills and a strong knowledge of the oil and gas industry. A Bachelor’s degree at minimum is usually required. Some examples of qualifications you could use to get a job include an MBA in Oil and Gas Management, a Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas, and a Master of Petroleum Business Management.

Site Manager
Project Manager
Health, Safety and Environment Manager
Operations Manager
Asset Manager
Business Manager
Contracts Manager
Inspection Manager
Maintenance Manager
Offshore Installation Manager
Procurement Manager
Quality Control Manager
Sales Manager
Human Resources Manager

Design Jobs


Designers in oil and gas are responsible for the design, development and manufacture of parts, equipment and operating systems. They usually work closely with other engineering disciplines to ensure that the project requirements are met. Depending on the role, oil and gas designers may research and develop ideas for new products, systems and equipment, or work on improving existing processes or equipment, based on their area of specialty.

Skills and qualifications:

You’ll need a high level of creativity, great technical skills and excellent attention to detail. Most design jobs require a Diploma or Bachelor’s degree, for example a Diploma of Civil Construction Design or a Bachelor of Industrial Design.

CAD Operator
CAD Designer
Electrical Designer
Instrument Designer
Piping Designer
Structural Designer

Drilling Jobs


Depending on your role, you could be in charge of the drilling crew, or running the rig itself. You might monitor the rig’s activity, while the automatic driller runs the breaks and drills the hole. Drillers are responsible for interpreting the signals the well gives regarding gas and fluids with high pressure. They might monitor the gas levels coming out of the hole, or how much drilling mud is going in. They are also responsible for taking the correct measures in an emergency situation.

Skills and qualifications:

You’ll need a high level of manual dexterity and strong logical thinking skills. You will need to be analytical and able to conceptualise complex processes. A strong commitment to occupational health and safety is paramount. To work in these roles you generally need a Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree. Some examples include the Diploma of Drilling Oil and Gas Onshore, and a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering.

Drilling Supervisor
Cementing Specialist
Rig Manager
Well Control Specialist
Well Services Supervisor