Houston's Engineering Talent Landscape: Oil & Gas

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It is concerning to see more of a talent gap surfacing in the engineering sector as more Baby Boomers retire from the industry and not enough students graduate with degrees within this field. As a result, demand for engineering professionals is expected to increase significantly over the next decade. According to Randstad’s Hot Jobs for 2015, demand for engineering professionals is expected to continue increasing significantly over the next decade.

With the growing demand for qualified engineering talent, attracting and keeping skilled individuals is all the more difficult – especially within the oil & gas space in Houston where the most “in-demand” jobs like Reservoir Engineers, Project Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Drilling Engineers, and Process Engineers are difficult to fill.

The impact of this shortage has far-reaching negative organizational effects and successful companies understand specific market conditions, leverage contingent workforces, and have streamlined and improved their overall hiring process.

Take a look below at the current conditions for the Top 5 most in-demand oil & gas engineering roles in Houston. If you need any assistance filling any of these "hard to fill" roles, please click here and select "Contact to learn more."

Houston - Drilling Engineer   

  • There are less than 100 active Drilling Engineer candidates in the oil & gas space in Houston
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  • Due to a lack of resources, Drilling Engineers are currently very difficult to fill both nationally and in the Houston area
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  • Median salary for Drilling Engineers in the oil & gas space within the Houston market is $160,000 versus the national median of $154,350
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Houston – Electrical Engineer   
  • There are less than 100 active Electrical Engineer candidates in the oil & gas space in Houston
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  • Electrical Engineers are much more difficult to fill in the Houston market than nationally
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  • Median salary for oil & gas Engineers in the Houston market is $92,300 versus the national median of $87,200
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Houston – Process Engineer   
  • Approximately 700 active Process Engineer candidates in the oil & gas space in Houston 
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  • Qualified Process Engineers are currently difficult to fill both nationally and in the Houston area
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  • Median salary for Process Engineers in the Houston market is $103,000 versus the national median of $90,200
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Houston – Reservoir Engineer   
  • Approximately 900 active Reservoir Engineer candidates in the Houston market
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  • Reservoir Engineers are currently balanced to fill both locally, as well as nationally
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  • Median salary for Reservoir Engineers in the Houston market is $122,350 versus the national median of $122,9000 
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Houston – Project Engineer   
  • Approximately 700 active Project Engineer candidates in the Houston area
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  • Project Engineering roles are difficult to fill in Houston, as well as nationally
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  • Median salary for Project Engineers in the Houston market is $96,300 versus the national median of $87,600
Electrical-Salary
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By: Scott Sneyd / On: September 15, 2015 /

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