Alberta's Oil and Gas Industry Needs More Workers

Friday, March 22, 2013

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The potential surge of retirements among the Baby Boomer generation could be promising news for those looking for jobs in the oil and gas sector. Yet, as older workers are some of the most experienced in their given field, new employees will have a great void to fill when their seniors begin to retire.

Alberta is experiencing this shift, and is working hard to find qualified, knowledgeable candidates for a variety of roles in the oil and gas field. According to the Financial Post, the province will need to replace more than 100,000 workers over the next decade, as about 19,000 employees are projected to retire each year.

However, this does not mean that all older workers will retire all at the same time. Many are still committed to their jobs and will be on hand to work alongside new employees. Those looking to start careers in the oil and gas industry should consider enrolling in a career training program that focuses on teaching  the skill sets required by employers in the field.

As the largest oil and natural gas producer in the country, Alberta is a prime locale to dive into the industry. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the province produced 10.2 billion cubic feet of oil per day in 2011, as well as 1.6 million barrels per day from the oil sands. As such, the sector needs a lot of workers - about 415,000 people are employed in roles related to the oil industry that are either directly or indirectly based in Alberta.

Careers in the oil and gas sector can be fulfilling and rewarding. Whether they're working in a field office or corporate headquarters, oil and gas administrative assistants are an important part of Canada's petroleum industry. If you're ready to start in an oil and gas career, you can gain the essential skills and knowledge in business courses, like those in the Oil and Gas Administrative Assistant program at Reeves College. To find out more information, fill out the form on the right.


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