Category: Workforce

Labor shortage threatens to bust shale boom

Labor shortages, causing delays in construction, threaten to slow the Gulf Coast energy boom and push back the date when the country can meet its own energy needs, estimated by BP Plc to be in 2035.  More »

Top 20 countries for oil and gas salaries

The global average salary for oil and gas workers fell slightly in 2013 after two years of rapid growth, according to a report from recruiting firm Hays.  More »

Industry opposes push to tighten oil field safety rules

More than a dozen oil companies and trade groups have lined up to oppose plans to broaden the federal government’s oversight of safety practices at wells, saying existing standards are enough to protect workers nationwide.  More »

Community colleges leading the charge to educate the next generation of oilfield workers

This past week I had the privilege of speaking at the Spring Summit for an organization called UPSTART 360, which aims to bring together HR professionals in the oil & gas industry to tackle some of the toughest staffing problems companies face today. I spoke at one session, giving some outlooks for hiring trends in the field of petroleum engineering, but the session that really made an impact on me was one I chaired that same day, on partnerships between the educational system and industry to train the next generation of oilfield workers.  More »

Chevron CEO urges more diversity in energy employment

Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson said the energy industry needs to do more to increase the diversity of its workforce and urged improved efforts to promote science and math education among minority students.  More »

Inside University of Houston’s new high-tech research center (photos)

The University of Houston has been showing off its high-tech energy research center to political and industry leaders from around the world.  More »

Four attributes young professionals should develop to become leaders in the oil & gas industry

Becoming a recognized thought leader in the oil & gas industry is a long-term goal of mine, and I think that if the industry is to earn more goodwill from the general public, it will require the work of honest, dedicated leaders, so the topic of leadership is important to me personally.  More »

Energy sector pushing minority employment

African-Americans are underrepresented in the energy sector, but industry officials say they’re viewing the domestic energy boom as an opportunity to boost minority employment.  More »

The first example of a “killer app” for Google Glass in the oil & gas industry? (video)

My first project with Google Glass applied to the oil & gas industry was a simple demonstration of some of the information engineers could potentially pull up in the field.  A few weeks ago I gave a demonstration of a related project I’m working on in my free time, called “the Digital Tally Book”.  I […]  More »

Economists: Energy industry growth slowing, could hit Houston economy

Experts on Houston’s energy economy say the oil and gas industry is facing a slowdown that will affect job growth, mirroring the tempered outlook energy executives showed in a recent survey.  More »

3 month update for my “One Year Challenge”

It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearly 25% done with 2014; pretty soon they’ll have the Christmas decorations out…kidding (but probably not…)! As they say, time flies when you’re busy or having fun, and I’ve been both:  very involved at work, and having fun pursuing my “One Year Challenge”. For those of you who […]  More »

Juggling family and field work when considering how to start an oil & gas career

Achieving proper work/life balance is tough. Achieving that balance when your life involves a family you have to take care of and when you your career involves long trips to remote field locations is even tougher. To the extent that field work is in my opinion necessary for any young technical professional starting out their career in oil & gas, how does one weigh up the future benefits of this work with the current personal costs?  More »
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