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Engineers

There are close to 11,000 engineers working in all parts of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, extraction, production and transportation (not including computer and software engineers). 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.

Environmental, Regulatory and Stakeholder Engagement

Environmental, regulatory and stakeholder engagement roles include about 7,000 employees working to plan, monitor and reclaim the environment as well as engage the communities and governments impacted by oil and gas activity. They are responsible for reporting on the industry’s activities. 

Geoscience Professionals

There are currently approximately 4,000 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.

Information Technology Roles

Information technology roles include about 6,000 employees in all parts of the oil and gas industry. These workers are essential to the highly digitized workplace; working to select, establish, maintain and evaluate the technology systems in companies.

Labourers

Close to 15,000 labourers work for drilling, oilfield servicing and seismic contractors on and offshore, supply and standby vessels, product carriers and tankers, as well as some pipeline companies. 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.

Technicians and Technologists

There are over 8,000 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.

Trades

Tradespeople account for 20,000 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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