Help wanted notices have been posted across the state for jobs
offering premium salaries in the energy industry.
If people are willing to work, there are energy industry jobs and
long-term opportunities available in Oklahoma, said Jeramy Rich,
president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
About 4,000 energy industry jobs were created in Oklahoma during
2005, said Mike Terry, executive director of the Oklahoma Energy
More jobs are expected to be created this year, expanding demand
for willing workers.
We need more people, Terry said. I have seen estimates that
10,000 more workers will be needed.
Free training and salaries well above the median average in
Oklahoma are being used to attract a new generation of employees to
We are trying to make young people aware of our industry, said
Susan Webb, special projects coordinator for the Oklahoma
Independent Petroleum Association.
The average annual salary for an industry job in Oklahoma is
$69,500, about $40,000 more than the average state salary, Webb
The OERB and the OIPA created the Oilfield Workers Initiative in
2005 to recruit and train new energy industry employees. A Web site -
www.oilfieldjobsok.com - is part of the initiative.
The Web site has received more than 47,000 visits since it was
activated Oct. 18, she said.
Jobs are posted on the Web site by 31 companies.
There are probably about 700 job openings posted at any one time,
Companies are reporting inquiries within 24 hours after a job is
When I update the job postings on the oilfieldjobsok.com Web
site, the next day I receive many applications, said Casey Vinson
with Halliburton Mid-Continent. When filling hundreds of jobs this
year, this will be an important tool.
The industry needs younger workers. The median age for workers in
Oklahoma's energy industry is 50 to 54 years old, Webb said.
Our target has been 18- to 34-year-old men, she said. We are
trying to make young people aware of the industry.
Training is available for jobs at all levels.
There are a lot of opportunities for people without training,
Rich said. This industry has been here since statehood and has a lot
of jobs available and a lot of long-term opportunities.
Training is available in Woodward at High Plains Technology's Oil
and Gas Training Center. The Oil and Gas Training Center was awarded
a $2.4 million grant in November from the U.S. Department of Labor.
More than 2,500 workers have received training for jobs in the
oil and gas industry since the program started in August 2003
through the program, according to Ron Walsmith, director of oil and
gas training at High Plains Technology Center. …