This handy checklist will help you match up your own skills and
interests to see if a career in oil and gas is for you. Once you've
gone through the key questions below, take the Choose Your Future
Interactive Quiz to narrow down suitable oil and gas careers
based on your work preferences.
- Do you do enjoy a teamwork
environment? Almost every job in this industry requires you to work
closely with one or several other people. If you have a knack for
getting along well with others, it's easier to get the work done
and avoid conflict on the work site. Read
more about working in oil and gas.
- Are you good at fixing things? A
general mechanical aptitude is very important for many jobs in the
petroleum industry. Specific skills and tasks can be taught on the
job, but the learning is much easier if you're already handy with
tools. Explore jobs in the
- Do you like to travel or work
outdoors? Being cooped up in an office or working at a desk isn't
for everyone. Many jobs in the petroleum industry take place
primarily outside and companies are always happy to find people who
enjoy the outdoors and don't mind working in changeable weather.
Check out opportunities for Field Workers, Operators and Seismic.
- Are you good with math and
computers? Check out a career in
- Did you do well at science? Do you
like to test ideas out and read about the latest scientific
discoveries? An affinity for science is something many employers
look for in a job applicant. Consider a career
as a Geosciences Professional.
- Have you always been drawn to the
ocean? Do you like to travel? Do you enjoy learning new
technologies in a rapidly evolving industry? Explore a
career in Marine and Nautical Services.
- Do you like working with your hands,
and enjoy using the latest high-tech gadgets? Check
out opportunities for Technicians.
- Do you have great management and
recordkeeping skills? Are you good with people? Maybe you have
excellent communication skills or you like flying. The oil and gas
industry needs much more than drillers, truck drivers and
engineers. Check out Business
and Operations Support careers that require a wide variety of