Energy Careers

Plan Your Future

Your Career Options Just Expanded

Uncover the ways you can start, transition and grow a rewarding career in energy. Whether you are searching for a new career in the same sector, or you want to explore a career in a different energy sector, we have the insights, tips, tools and resources to help you get your foot in the right door. Plan Your Future provides you with an overview of select sectors that can offer you new opportunities, a description of the nature of the work involved, how easy it is to transfer your skills and what other skills you need for a successful career change.

Did you Know

An evolving industry with an evolving workforce

On average, 52% of the oil and gas workforce worldwide requires less than six months to reskill for a digital workplace.

World Economic Forum. The Future of Jobs. October 2020.

Finding Your Career Fit

There are lots of ways to redefine and refuel your career, and future. You can be an oil and gas services worker who shifts from an oil drilling rig to a geothermal drilling rig or an environmental engineer who’s ready to help organizations manage their methane emissions. 

The main drivers of labour demand in energy are:

  • Investment announcements
  • Government programs and economic incentives
  • Changing regulations

Check out what it’s like to work in each energy sector to find a career that’s right for you.

Mapping out the Path to Your Next Career

Oil and natural gas workers have many of the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to make successful transitions between energy sectors. Knowing the rate of transferability between the oil and natural gas industry and other energy sectors can help you understand how easy a career change may be. The higher the rate of transferability, the easier the transition – meaning your skills are highly transferable and less upskilling is needed to make a successful transition. Sectors with a lower rate of transferability will likely require you to upskill or retrain to make a successful career change into the sector – meaning the sector may require different skills, knowledge or familiarity with equipment and processes than you have gained working in oil and natural gas.

*Sectors rated as high transferability from oil and natural gas require less upskilling, while sectors rated as low transferability from oil and natural gas require more upskilling.

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Day in the Life

Greg Maidment Geophysicist

As a Geophysicist and Project Manager, Greg studies rocks to learn everything he can about oil and gas reservoirs. In short, geophysics is the science of the earth. In the energy sector, the science is used to determine the presence, composition, location and age of rocks and reservoirs beneath the earth’s surface.

Read Greg’s story to see the energy industry through a data-driven lens and learn about a day in the life of a Geophysicist.

Read Greg's Story
Gephysicist Greg on a worksite

Working for the Canadian energy sector means providing the cleanest, greenest and most ethical energy in the world.