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Sep 6, 2017

How to get a job in Energy, Oil and Gas

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The oil and gas industry in Australia provides significant opportunities for employment in a variety of disciplines and offers competitive pay as well as attractive benefits.

The industry is always looking for new and skilled workers to join its ranks and the jobs vary from accounting and law to engineering and drilling.

If you are looking to start your career or wanting to change your career, the energy, oil and gas industry offers some fantastic opportunities. Our recruitment consultants know the benefits that this industry can provide and how you can start your career in it! 

Here are our the top 3 tips to land you a dream job in energy, oil and gas from our specialised consultants.


It is essential to get a feel of what the industry is like. An internship or apprenticeship is a great way to gain experience and get a feel of what the industry is like. Most major Energy or oil and gas operators such as AGL, Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Santos, Origin, BP and Total run internship schemes designed to give people a taste of what it is like working in the industry and gain valuable experience.

How to get in?

There are limited opportunities where companies are prepared to train someone from the ground up, so our advice is to train yourself as far as possible by doing different courses and educational training programs. There are plenty of courses that will help you get the qualifications you want. There are too many courses to name here but as a small sample; Introduction to Oil and Gas, Reservoir Engineering, Coil tubing interventions, Foundations of Petrophysics, Turnaround and Shutdown management, High voltage isolation and access.

Being proactive and completing the training in your own time shows you’re passionate, hardworking and keen to be a part of the industry that would impress the employer.

Most employers look out for the following qualifications that would be beneficial to have:

  • Bachelor of renewable energy
  • Mathematics
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Chemical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental engineering


Talking to people who are currently working on mine sites can be very helpful to gain insights into how to get there. Have you thought of attending different local events or meetups?

For example, you can check out events and meetups on Meetup, The Australian Power Institute, Clean Energy Council, APPEA or any other local community events.

Talk to an expert

Contact a trusted recruitment company specialising in energy, oil and gas recruitment, so that they can provide you with tailored advice and insights into the trends in Australian energy, oil and gas industry. We have operated and specialised in the Energy, Oil and Gas Recruitment sector since the company's inception in 2006. We provide candidates for roles from technical and management positions to maintenance and production staff. 

We have partnered with the world’s largest energy, oil and gas and contracting companies and have undertaken global recruitment assignments for technical and managerial positions and bulk recruitment campaigns for both blue collar and white collar positions.


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