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Business and Operations Support

Business and operations support roles include about 65,000 employees in a wide range of occupations. These roles include functional service areas such as air transportation, energy asset management, environment, health and safety, surface and sub-surface rights acquisition, administration, management, regulatory affairs and stakeholder relations.


There are close to 10,000 engineers working in all parts of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, extraction, production and transportation. The common denominator for engineers is work typically involves the professional design, construction, operation, maintenance, quality control and optimization of systems critical to the exploration, production, processing and transportation of oil and natural gas.

Field Workers

Drilling, oilfield servicing and seismic contractors, as well as some pipeline companies, employ close to 10,000 field workers. The roles tend to be routine in nature and the training is done on-the-job. These occupations provide a good entry point for the industry.

Geoscience Professionals

There are currently approximately 3,500 geoscience professionals in Canada’s oil and gas industry. They complete geological and geophysical work, and require an applied knowledge in geology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. They locate, evaluate and economically develop and/or produce mineral, geothermal and oil and gas deposits.

Marine and Nautical Services

Marine and nautical services may work on floating drilling and production facilities, supply and standby vessels, seismic and chase vessels, petroleum product carriers and tankers, and tugs. There are 300 positions currently that are responsible for the transportation of passengers and materials, the stabilization of water-based units and vessels, and the operations, inspection, maintenance and repair of underwater drilling and production facilities.


Operators are the largest job category within the oil and gas industry, with 60,000 employees. Operator jobs typically involve the specialized operation of control systems and equipment related to plants and facilities, heavy equipment, rigs, wells and pipelines.

Technicians and Technologists

There are over 10,000 technicians and technologists in Canada’s oil and gas industry who help engineers with planning, designing and constructing. Technician work involves the installation, operation, servicing, monitoring, troubleshooting and fixing of equipment. Technologists design devices and equipment, decide which equipment to use on a project, determine how to use it and supervise its installation and use.


Tradespeople account for 18,000 employees and play a big role in the oil and gas industry. They are involved in the industry’s day-to-day functions or work in maintenance roles where they keep facilities and equipment in good repair and reliable working order. A compulsory trade is one where by law an individual must be certified journeyperson or registered apprentice to do the work of that trade.

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