Back in February, we posted about hiring for shale mining jobs and it remains one of our most read entries. This remains a controversial topic around the US – some believing that it could create as many as 800,000 jobs by 2015. We thought it would be interesting to revisit hiring demand to see if it's grown or recessed and other recruiting trends in this space. Hiring in the beginning of the year grew to a peak in March with about 1,300 available online job ads. Since then, the volume of available jobs has slightly declined to about 1,100 in July. Despite slowing from the beginning of the year, this still represents a 20% year-over-year increase in hiring (versus July 2011.)
Hiring Demand for Shale Mining Jobs in the US – 4 Year Hiring Trend
As we expected, the availability of job ads are concentrated in and around shale plays. The metro areas that currently have the most online job ads are Houston, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Antonio, and Denver. While Houston posted the most job ads in July, San Antonio actually grew the most over the past year with 294% more jobs in July 2012 than employers posted in July of 2011. Of these 5 cities, Dallas was the only one to decline in demand, down 21% from last July. In the heat map below, you can see the level of hiring demand across the US, with the before mentioned cities depicted in the darkest blue.
Heat Map of Hiring Demand for Shale Mining Jobs in the US
The fields that saw the highest number of job ads in July were engineering, management, transportation (and material movement), scientific and production occupations. The most common job titles advertised for shale mining are:
- Reservoir Engineer
- Drilling Engineer
- Senior Reservoir Engineer
- Production Engineer
- Senior Drilling Engineer
- Petroleum Engineer
- Completions Engineer
- Senior Geologist
By matching the hiring demand with estimated candidate supply, our Hiring Scales show that these jobs are likely to be only moderately difficult to fill. Despite increased hiring by employers, Recruiters are likely to fill jobs in about 6 weeks (which is in line with the national average for all positions). However, some locations like Tulsa, OK and Bakerfield, CA are likely to have more difficult conditions. These locations, shown in red and orange below, tend to take longer to fill jobs. For example, Recruiters in Bakersfield leave their job ads online for an average of 8 weeks – 2 weeks longer than the national average.
Heat Map of the Difficulty-to-Fill for Shale Mining Jobs
Some of the best locations for finding talent for shale mining jobs are Kansas City (MO), Chicago (IL), and Dallas (TX) – shown in green in the map above.
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