The boom in the U.S. oil and gas industry has created a need for a more diverse candidate. What has been traditionally a male dominated field is evolving into a field that offers flexible working arrangements for women and younger candidates who are seeking a career in the oil and gas industry. Despite improvements, a recent survey showed that men still occupy 90% of the oil and gas jobs.
The survey conducted by Rigzone focused on BP hiring trends, titled Global Diversity and Inclusion Report, found that 32 percent of BP’s its new hires last year were women. According to the survey findings:
- 72 percent of respondents say men dominate the oil and gas industry.
- 75 percent say they think the career prospects for women in the industry have improved in recent years.
- More than 60 percent said they expect more women will be entering the industry in the future.
- 20 percent “strongly agreed” that gender-based discrimination occurs in the industry.
Respondents also said the industry could be more attractive to female job candidates if schools implemented more science, technology, engineering and math programs in schools, if the industry offered flexible working arrangements and if companies set goals to improve the gender balance of their workforce, the survey said.