Oil & Gas Careers – Grab your Opportunity

Nov 1, 2017

The oil and gas industry abounds with opportunity in multiple disciplines – such as accounting, legal, engineering positions.  In addition to being a high-paying job, personal and professional pluses include the opportunity to:

  • See the world
  • Build job security
  • Climb professionally

Whether you’re a graduate fresh out of college or switching from another industry, multiple degree backgrounds can open the door to oil and gas.

  • Mathematics – Business Finance, Accounting
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Engineering – Automation, Chemical, Civil, Control, Drilling, Design, Electrical, Environmental, Field Service, Fire Protection, HVAC, Instrument, Inspection, Petroleum, Systems, Structural, Mechanical,

Additional skills that add a powerful punch to your qualifications include: 

  • Rigging Certifications
  • Scaffolding License
  • Multi-lingual skills 
  • Project Management
  • Technical certifications
  • Safety-related certifications 

Building your “soft” skills is another essential. Begin with a strong interest in and a passion for the field, including a solid grasp of gas and oil terminology. Hone your analytical and problem-solving skills. Carry out an honest self-evaluation – Are you a motivated, self-starter? Are you organized? Do you meet deadlines? Are you a team player? Do you have leadership qualities? Are you a good communicator? Do you see the big picture, as well as paying attention to details? 

With Baby Boomers retiring, there is a skill shortage in the oil and gas industry, creating an opportunity for those who are willing to work hard – both in preparation and on the job. If you are seriously interested, do the work.

  • Connect with someone already in the industry. At a minimum, ask his/her advice. If you have sufficient relationship, ask him/her to mentor you.
  • Build a network
  • Work on those soft skills
  • Consider additional education – earn a certificate to supplement your degree
  • Get in shape – yes, working in oil and gas includes many roles that require physical strength and manual dexterity.
  • If you are switching careers, be willing to step down before you move up. 

The oil and gas industry is the land of opportunity – from entry level to top level – in many disciplines. There a high potential for an open position that fits your personality, education, experience, and skills. Are you interested? Then it’s time to consider Lofton Staffing. We are a leading provider of qualified land-based and off-shore contract personnel to the oil and Gas industry. We currently offer short and long-term assignments throughout the Gulf South. Contact us today – and discover the Lofton Staffing difference.










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