The oil and gas industry is changing in many ways, and one of the biggest changes comes from women who start to excel in this industry. According to the CNBC, women currently constitute around 15% of the oil and gas industry. These numbers show improvements in the participation of women in this industry, but they can still conquer more spaces.
Making connections to increase opportunities
The challenge many women face has to do with the opportunities available. The reality is that most women who do not graduate from university immediately consider this type of work. When women like Lori Fremin, general manager of surface engineering at Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, get noticed, they light the way for women who have become veterans in this industry, making the connection with engineering jobs that women may not Having known where to find them. Highlighting the work of these veterans such as Fremin is a great job because it exposes the youngest to the market to know the possibilities of engineering jobs in this industry.
There is even an organization called Women in the Oil and Gas industry (WOGA). This is the type of organization that helps guide the women who are part of that industry. The ability to have an organization that supports the efforts of those who are trying to break down barriers is very important. This is what drives change in the industry. Organizations like WOGA give women a voice when it comes to job specifications in the industry. It is easier to motivate more women in this industry when there is information on hand about the career options available.
Women will have more opportunities in the oil and gas industry when they are willing to look beyond their own geographical preferences. There are oil industries beyond the US territory, and women who are willing to travel abroad may have more opportunities at their disposal.
There has been a gender imbalance in this industry for a long time, but women are demonstrating that they have the necessary skills to work in executive and engineering positions in the oil industry, being able to change the narrative of a sector dominated by men.