Oil and Gas Drilling and Services Contractors and Supervisors

(NOC 8222)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Supervisors in this group supervise and coordinate the activities of workers who drill for oil or gas, run service rigs, or provide oil and gas well services. They work for drilling and well service contracting companies and by petroleum producing companies. Oil field consultants may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate -415 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 355 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Contractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and Services most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 28% of Contractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and Services who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $160,778. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$24,675

Minimum

$102,909

Median

$427,529

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.84

Median

$32.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Supervisors in this group supervise and coordinate the activities of workers who drill for oil or gas, run service rigs, or provide oil and gas well services. They work for drilling and well service contracting companies and by petroleum producing companies. Oil field consultants may be self-employed.

Job duties

Supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise, coordinate, and schedule the activities of workers who drill for oil and gas, operate service rigs, or provide oil and gas well services.
  • Create ways to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Request and buy materials and supplies.
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity and safety.
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend personnel actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • May set up machines and equipment.

Sample job titles

  • assistant offshore drilling rig superintendent
  • oil and gas contractor
  • oil and gas drilling foreman/woman
  • oil and natural gas well servicing foreman/woman
  • oil well services field supervisor
  • oilfield consultant
  • rig manager - oil and gas drilling
  • well services crew supervisor - oil and gas drilling

Skills

You need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Leadership, supervisory and effective communication skills, both oral and written, is essential. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations.

Job requirements

  • High school is required.
  • College or petroleum industry approved training courses is required.
  • A two-year college diploma in petroleum engineering technology may be required.
  • Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, well control, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) or other safety and technical subjects are required and are earned by completing short courses.

Other considerations

Supervisory personnel in this group usually have extensive in the job they are supervising. There is little mobility for supervisors from well services to well drilling.

By the numbers

Quick look

265

employed in 2016

98.1%

employed full-time

17.0%

self employed

5.7%
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94.3%
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44.3

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

20.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

38.9%

Halifax

22.2%

Cape Breton

18.5%

North Shore

11.1%

Southern

9.3%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

79.3%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

13.8%

Professional, scientific and technical services

6.9%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

38.0%

35-44

23.0%

55-64

21.0%

45-54

11.0%

25-34

4.0%

15-24

4.0%

65+

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

20.7%

45-54

19.8%

15-24

19.2%

55-64

16.2%

35-44

14.8%

25-34

Top levels of education

27.8%

College Diploma

$129,983 median annual income
20.4%

High school

$131,768 median annual income
16.7%

Trade Certification

$106,496 median annual income
14.8%

Bachelor

N/A
13.0%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

35.7%

Less than high school

$23,463 median annual income
30.8%

High school

$19,301 median annual income
13.7%

College Diploma

$29,551 median annual income
13.4%

Trade Certification

$31,535 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor

$17,956 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Petroleum Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development and operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities. They include courses in principles of petroleum extraction and related geology, petroleum field mapping and site analysis, testing and sampling methods, instrument calibration, laboratory analysis, test equipment operation and maintenance, environment and safety monitoring procedures for oil/gas fields and facilities, facility inspection procedures, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables
Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change
Halifax, NS
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Westmount, QC

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.