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New API website recruits next generation to oil and gas industry careers

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"There's a career for you in the oil and natural gas industry," asserts the 'Oil & Gas Workforce' website launched Thursday by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as a platform to recruit its next generation of workers.

API Vice President of Global Industry Services, John Modine, stated "Our goal was to create a resource that will expand the reach of our industry to help us keep pace with our industry’s ever-growing need for talent.... We want (the website) to be a tool for the industry to recruit the workforce it needs to sustain American energy leadership."


Modine cited the following as reasons API needs to aggressively recruit workers

  • The rapid expansion of U.S. energy production "has created hundreds of thousands of jobs" paying "significantly higher" wages than the national average
  • 'The great crew change': a new generation is needed to replace a huge retiring workforce
  • A recent IHS report expects an additional 1.3 million new career opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry by 2030

"The bottom line," said Modine, "is that in order to maintain America’s status as a global energy leader, we will need an 'all hands on deck' approach to recruitment and retention of the next generation of oil and natural gas workers, which is the fundamental goal of www.oilgasworkforce.com."

The website features four avenues to learn more about industry requirements, each with an abundant variety of resources.

Jobs Section: from Apache Corporation, a drilling company, to Zeeco, a service and supply company, job openings in the oil and natural gas industry nationwide are listed by company category, to include drilling companies, manufacturers, oil companies, and service and supply companies.

Education Section: institutions are listed by state or type of education (certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, or Post Graduate.) At Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, for example, you can complete a 2-semester certificate or a 2-year A.A.S. degree in Oil and Gas technologies; or at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, you can complete a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering or a B.A. in Land & Energy Management

Certification Section: organizations that provide degree certification in a wide variety of industry technical jobs and professional development are listed alphabetically and by state, such as in welding, machining, emergency response training, industrial hygiene, nondestructive testing, and commercial truck driving.

Training: job-seekers can find how to get basic training or professional development. Organizations are listed alphabetically and by type: e-learning; instructor-led education; executive education; and API training.

For more information about the employment boom in the energy sector, called "the brightest corner of the economy" with "stunning growth in creating jobs across the nation and in dozens of domains," see this report from the Manhatten Institute for Policy Research.