Women in the Oil and Gas Industry
The oil and gas industry in Australia is facing a critical skills shortage and the level of growth in jobs is set to continue. Currently only a small percentage of jobs in the industry are filled by women. Increasing the participation of women in the sector is seen as a key strategy to address the current skills shortage.
Increased Opportunity for Women
Employment in the Oil and Gas sector is often distinguished by its remote working environments and hard physical labour and long hours. In the past this has discouraged women with a family and children in the industry. There are a number of programs and courses currently available to encourage women to succeed in trades and technical careers in the oil and gas industry and new opportunities for women are being created through; flexible work packages, parent-friendly work rosters, comfortable working conditions, gender-inclusive work environments and excellent salary packages.
Roles for Women
Due to the significant growth in the industry Australian companies are searching for qualified women who can help meet the skills shortage. Even with no previous industry experience qualifications in the following areas could help you get your foot in the door.
Opportunities in business – a business degree opens the door for jobs for women in management, accounting, project management, communications, human resources and occupational health and safety.
Opportunities in science - women that hold a scientific degree are high in demand within geology, surveying, engineering, social science, environment management and mechanical engineering jobs.
Opportunities in IT - females can find work in IT areas including database management, systems engineering, helpdesk, systems support and software programming as the Oil and Gas industry evolves.
Hard hat and trade-based opportunities – there are a high number of opportunities for female boilermakers, carpenters, drillers, drivers, or mobile plant operators with the appropriate training and certification.
Site-support opportunities – there are plenty of roles available for qualified fitness instructors, personal trainers, chefs, psychologists and medical staff.
There are a number or roles available for women who are not qualified in a specific area including many office based roles and field work data gathering jobs. Women who begin their careers in entry-level positions may find opportunities to move into other position as well. Organisations also offer a number of pre-employment training for women to complete in order to secure a role in the oil and gas industry. Search for the latest roles for women in oil and gas in Australia or register your CV.