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Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Labour shortage and the energy services sector

Gurpreet Lail
Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Labour shortage and the energy services sector

Canada’s energy service sector is bouncing back and now more than ever is the time to consider a career in the sector.

Across the board companies are hiring. A few short weeks ago, Petroleum Services Association of Canada member survey results showed there are almost 2,000 positions ready to be filled right now across the country, with many more positions to be available in the coming month.

Recently, comments discouraging young folks from entering the energy sector have been widely publicized. And, to be quite honest, they have come from a place that is lacking some context.

The energy services sector is one of the few sectors where a person can start out in the field and one day become the CEO.

With the global demand for oil and gas to increase significantly, the opportunities to grow and learn are endless, with many skills being transferrable to other jobs and sectors.

We know this transferability is important because without oil and gas we cannot explore new forms of energy.

There are positions at many head offices in major cities like Calgary and Edmonton in human resources, IT and engineering, but folks looking to join the energy sector will find jobs in all parts of Alberta like Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray or Cold Lake to places like Estevan, Saskatchewan, Northeastern B.C. and Ontario.

There are positions ranging from energy service operators, drillers and truck drivers to name a few. Companies are currently looking for ways to attract more people to the sector and get them trained. Many of which are even taking on greenhands and training people on the job.

If jobseekers lack experience, they shouldn’t be discouraged because there are opportunities out there.

Unlocking Canadian energy is the solution to our country’s economic recovery, supporting a sustainable energy system, addressing energy poverty, and providing energy security to the world. If we do not fill these positions, we run the risk of reduced capacity at a time where we simply cannot afford it.

The Canadian energy services sector is filled with innovators and solution-finders that are putting the time and investment into research and development. Our members also consist of the folks who are the boots on the ground, the reason the lights turn on, there is heat in our homes and power in our hospitals.

If you want to have a quality, high-paying job that is focused on the future – a career is the energy services sector is for you.

For more information on jobs and the energy service sector visit

Gurpreet Lail is president and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. Send Industry Perspective comments and column ideas to

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