We shall observe some examples of career pathsfor each sector of the oil and gas industry:· Upstream SectorAjob that can be attained in the oil and gas with less than secondary schoolqualifications and no work experience is entry level operating. If one wantedto move up in his career as a roustabout or oil rig worker, the ideal next stepis to become either a pumper or a well tender. This job requires secondaryschool qualifications (a diploma or its equivalent) but requires three to fiveyears of experience (as an entry level operator). Those qualifications can beattained by furthering one’s education while working as previously stated. Thenext step is to become a rig manager, although a secondary school diploma (orits equivalent) is needed, experience is not required. This means that a topperformer can get promoted from being an entry level operator to being a rigmanager. The final step is becoming a roustabout.
It also require a secondaryschool diploma (or its equivalent) and no experience. This is the end of thiscareer path but there are many others.· MidstreamSectorThemidstream sector deals with the transportation of produced oil to refineriesfor refining so transportation is a major part of this sector. A common andrelatively easy job to attain is industrial truck and tractor operation. Itrequires one to two years of experience in the related field and a secondaryschool diploma (or its equivalent). The next step in this career path is to bethe lead truck driver. This job requires the same educational qualificationsbut one to two years of experience in the oil and gas industry (this means thatindividuals that were not formally truck drivers or that are from differentsectors can attain this position). Although this job does not look like much,it pays very well because there is very high demand for it.
The experiencegathered from this job could also qualify one to be a gyro surveyor but that isanother career path entirely.· DownstreamSectorThedownstream sector is majorly involved with distribution so a suitable careerpath would be that of a supply chain manager. The first job in this chain orpath is that of a field buyer/planner. The minimum educational qualification isa bachelor’s degree and it requires at least three to five years of experiencein the field. The next job in this chain is that of a senior manager. Theminimum educational qualification is a bachelor’s degree and it requires threeto five years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
The next job is thatof a purchases manager. It requires the same qualifications and more than fiveyears of experience. At the end of the career path are the supply chainmanagers: logistics coordinator, procurement representative and materialsmanager. The minimum experience requirement for any of these jobs is one to twoyears and the educational requirement is at least a bachelor’s degree.