Most of the roles in this sector use advanced technical knowledge and skills to explore and evaluate the mineral potential of sites.
A degree in geology will be especially helpful; other related science degrees will often be acceptable. A postgraduate degree will be useful in some, but not all, roles.
In most cases, time will be spent offshore, working on rigs and platforms to explore the subsea environment.
Large oil companies are potential employers, but will often hire contractors to do this work. Both oil companies and contracting firms are also involved in the extraction of resources.
Follow the links below for profiles of common occupations in this sector:
We have links with professionals who have agreed to be consulted by students and recent graduates about working in exploration.
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be consulted by students and recent graduates about working in exploration.
Energy Institute (EI) - professional body for those working in all areas of energy. Useful for its searchable database of member companies - search by subject to find companies in specific sectors.
Geological Society has concise but valuable careers information. Most vacancies tend to be for those with some years' experience; can search them by sector (eg engineering geology or extractive industries). Its GeoScientist Online section has interesting features.
Hydrogeological Group - specialist section of the Geological Society (see above) for hydrogeologists and related careers. Includes careers information.
International Association of Drilling Contractors - membership body for companies involved in oil and gas exploration, drilling or production, well servicing, and related areas. Watch its video "About the Drilling Industry". Its membership lists can be downloaded or searched online by country, city and company type - drilling contractors, oil and gas producers, or oilfield servicing and equipment manufacturers.
International Marine Contractors Association - a useful guide to the variety of roles involved. Some of those discussed don't require a degree, but browsing through them all gives a good impression of how an offshore site operates.
Geologists' Directory Online - search this for relevant companies.
British Geological Survey (BGS) - advises the government and industry on geoscience issues. May have summer work experience opportunities for students of earth science or environmental science.
Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) -. it's Scholars' Award Scheme is open to people applying for a postgraduate qualification in a petroleum geoscience. No careers information, and some of the site is for members only.
Offshore Technology - useful source of news and features on the offshore oil and gas industry. Includes company listings.
Oil And Gas 4 U - excellent overview of the oil and gas industry, giving a clear picture of living conditions offshore. Try its Degree Matcher to see what area of the industry your degree can take you to.
Underwater Centre - example of a diving training centre. Site includes information about a career in commercial diving, prospects and rates of pay.
NB vacancies may also be listed in many of the sites above.
Graduate Smart - job site concentrating on graduate opportunities in the oil and gas industries. Also has job studies.
Oilcareers.com - international jobsite. To find graduate entry jobs, select category "No relevant skill or experience yet"
This article was published on May 17, 2013