Job demand in the energy sector is constantly changing, requiring both job seekers and employers to be flexible and forward-thinking. Several positions, however, are currently in high demand as the industry shifts in preparation for upcoming energy opportunities and challenges. The “top seven” for the start of 2016 include:


Schedulers and planners work to ensure that energy industry projects happen on schedule, meet deadlines, and have the equipment and staff they need at crucial moments. This industry is expected to expand by 26 percent in the coming year, according to

Project Manager

Project managers wear many hats. Not only are they responsible for the smooth organization and execution of major projects, they may also be called in on a moment’s notice to “get their hands dirty” with an urgent task. As projects in the oil and gas industry expand once again, so will the need for experienced project managers.


Estimators are an essential part of the planning process. They calculate the costs of a project from design to completion and work with schedulers and managers to make sure budgets are met. Each project needs an estimator who can communicate across disciplines and resolve conflicts as well as crunch numbers.

I & E Engineer

I & E, or Instrument & Electrical Engineers specify which instrumentation, valves, electrical, and control system components are required to operate process equipment in the oil and gas industry. The best I & E engineers not only know the technical elements of their work, but can explain it to others as well.


Drafters convert the designs produced by engineers into technical drawings and plans, often with the help of specialized software. As much drafting work moves online, the ability to work collaboratively across a network as well as within specialized software suites is a must.

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design and develop custom equipment for oil and gas applications, test existing equipment, and handle challenges dealing with electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics.

IT Specialist

As in any industry, information technology (IT) is a must. Top concerns in the field include security and managing big data sets.

Job seekers and employers alike can benefit from working with a recruiter who specializes in the oil and gas industry. For job seekers, the benefits include having an experienced ally who knows the top employers in the industry and can help you find a great “fit” for your career goals and skills. For employers, a recruiter becomes a partner who knows your business’s specific needs and internal culture and recommends candidates accordingly.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in matching top talent with great job openings in the oil and gas industry. Contact us today to learn more!