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Oil and Gas Workforce Needs in the 21st Century (PDF)


Ensuring secure global oil and natural gas supplies requires a qualified and well-trained domestic and international oil and gas workforce. The petroleum industry is increasingly aware that this workforce may not be available in the future to meet its needs and government institutions and agencies dealing with oil and gas issues face a similar possible shortage of qualified staff. This will have serious ramifications for U.S. and global energy security.


There are currently two major challenges to maintaining a qualified and trained petroleum workforce. First, the demographics of current workers, as measured by labor statistics, point to a wave of retirements in the next ten years. Second, there is a shortage of qualified workers to replace them. This is reflected in low student enrollments in university geosciences and petroleum engineering programs. Attitudinal surveys suggest low student interest in pursuing a career in oil and natural gas. The shortage spans the entire workforce, from geoscientists and engineers to well-site employees and service company personnel.


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