The oil, gas, and mining industry has been covered in the news a lot recently, with several high-profile projects a topic of debate by many people. So, we wanted to take an updated look at hiring demand in this industry to see if it's been growing and which jobs are most commonly being recruited. In May, there were more than 7,900 jobs being advertised online in this sector. Despite declining from hiring in April, this is still a 28% year-over-year growth when compared to the same time period in 2011 and a 140% growth from 2010. These job openings were most often available in Houston (TX), Oklahoma City (OK), Dallas (TX), Midland (TX), and Denver (CO) metro areas.
Hiring Demand in the Oil and Gas Industry – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Engineers – specifically Petroleum Engineers – were the the most demanded occupation last month in this industry. However, technology positions, truck drivers, accountants, and science fields were also highly demanded. Below are the 10 most commonly advertised occupations during May.
Most Demanded Occupations in Oil & Gas Industry – May 2012 vs. May 2011
We also looked at the 5 skills and certifications that candidates are commonly required to have. These tools, technologies, and certifications are most commonly listed in the job ads as job requirements.
Common Tools and Technologies Required of Candidates:
- Microsoft Office
- Project management
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Quality control
- Quality assurance (QA)
Commonly Required Certifications:
- Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- First Aid certification
- National Electrical Code
- Project Management Institute (PMI)
Increasing hiring demand is likely to make these jobs moderately hard-to-fill. However, this will vary by occupation and location depending on the number of employers competing for this talent and the number of qualified candidates in each local region. Our Hiring Scale™ shows that Operations and Logistics jobs will be among the hardest to fill occupations in the oil, gas, and mining industries. On average, listings for these jobs stay online for 46 days – or about 6.5 weeks across the US. In comparison, engineering jobs remain online for about 44 days and tech job ads average 41 days.
Our Hiring Scale also shows the best cities to recruit in this industry. In the below 5 cities, there is less hiring demand from employers and a larger talent supply. This means that Recruiters are likely to see less competition, easier conditions for finding candidates, and a shorter time-to-fill for jobs in this industry. If you are recruiting in an area where oil and gas jobs are hard-to-fill, you may be able to target your job ads in these cities and relocate talent.
Best Cities to Recruit Candidates in the Oil, Gas and Mining Industries
Is it easier or harder to fill jobs in the oil and gas sector in your city? Find out with the free, online Hiring Scale! Just tell us where the job is located and which position you are hiring for, and we'll show you a Hiring Scale snapshot for your area, average salary information, and who you are competing with to attract talent.