New survey shows oil and gas is still an attractive career choice – albeit mostly for men

Oil worker training skills general photo ScotentThe overwhelming majority of oil and gas professionals would still recommend a career in the oil and gas industry to the next generation, despite recent market challenges associated with low oil prices, according to a new, industry-wide poll.

Almost 1,000 skilled professionals from across 74 countries participated in the survey carried out by Rigzone.

Of those, 84% said they would recommend the oil and gas industry as a career choice to school pupils or students, with wide career prospects, a long-term future (due to high energy demand) and competitive salaries among the reasons cited most often.

Asked to rank areas of investment in a downturn in order of priority, oil and gas industry professionals ranked health and safety first, followed by workforce development.

Graduate/apprenticeship programmes also ranked as a high priority (third) for professionals, despite more than two-thirds (76 percent) of respondents not having participated in such a programme themselves.

Indeed, the overwhelming majority (70 percent) of working oil and gas professionals surveyed believe graduate and apprenticeship positions are valuable, if not very valuable, and are of huge importance to the industry.

From August 5 to August 20, 2015, Rigzone surveyed oil and gas professionals covering the upstream and downstream sectors with a total of 941 professionals responding to the survey.

Of those professionals surveyed, 93% were male and 7% percent were female.

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