Contractors and supervisors in oil and gas drilling services coordinate and supervise the activities of workers engaged in drilling for oil or gas, operating service rigs or providing oil and gas services.
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People in this occupation:
This group includes oilfield consultants who may be self-employed.
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 540
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Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
Supervisors in this group work around heavy machinery and equipment. A number of potential hazards exist on site relating to large, moving machinery, potentially harmful chemicals and unstable terrain. Given these conditions, workplace safety is at the forefront and all work sites follow strict safety regulations, including wearing eye protection, gloves, hard hats and steel-toed boots.
Many rig sites are located in remote areas. As a result, supervisors may be required to travel and remain on site for extended periods of time. Since work sites are located outdoors, workers may also be exposed to many different types of weather conditions.
Most supervisors in this field work full time. Part-time work is not common and only a small number of supervisors are self-employed. Rigs operate for 24 hours a day and rotating shifts of 8–12 hours are very common, with supervisors potentially working in excess of 40 hours a week. Work hours, job location and travel requirements vary with the employer and the type of job.
Source: 2016 Census
Supervisors are required to have completed secondary school, as well as college or Enform courses. Other training and requirements may include:
The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors website at www.caodc.ca also provides detailed education requirements.
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Demand for experienced employees in this very small occupational group is expected to grow at an average rate. New job growth will be largely due to rising prices and demand for energy commodities, which prompts companies to increase their workforces to support increased production and exploration activity.
Due to the small size of this occupational group, openings that arise from job creation and retirements will be relatively few. Employees with experience in directional and horizontal drilling projects, as well as large multi-rig jobs should have an advantage in finding work.
To become a supervisor in this field, workers should gain as much experience, on-the-job training and education as possible. Supervisors may advance to management positions.