A Day in the Life of the Women of O&G by Jaime Kammerzell
From Rigzone Contributor. Tuesday, February 14,
Although far fewer women work in the oil and gas
(O&G) industry compared to men, many women find
rewarding careers in the industry. Five women were
asked the same questions regarding their career
choices in the oil and gas industry.
Question 1: Why did you choose the oil and gas
Woman 1: Cool technology, applying science and
Woman 2: It seemed interesting and the pay was
Woman 3: They offered me a job! I couldn’t turn down
the great starting salary and a chance to live in New
Woman 4: I did not really choose the oil and gas
industry as much as it chose me.
Woman 5: I chose the oil and gas industry because of
the challenging projects, and I want to be part of our
country’s energy solution.
Question 2: How did you get your start in the oil
and gas industry?
Woman 1: I went to a university that all major oil
companies recruit. I received a summer internship with
Texaco before my last year of my Master’s degree.
Woman 2: I was recruited at a Texas Tech Engineering
Woman 3: At the time, campus recruiters came
to the geosciences department of my university
annually and they sponsored scholarships for
graduate students to help complete their research.
Even though my Master’s thesis was more geared
toward environmental studies, as a recipient of one
of these scholarships, my graduate advisor strongly
encouraged me to participate when the time came for
O&G Industry interviews.
Woman 4: I was working for a company in another
state where oil and gas was not its primary business.
When the company sold its division in the state
where I was working, they offered me a position at
the company’s headquarters in Houston managing
the aftermarket sales for the company’s largest
region. Aftermarket sales supported the on-highway,
construction, industrial, agricultural and the oil and
gas markets. After one year, the company asked me
to take the position of managing their marine and
offshore power products division. I held that position
for three years. I left that company to join a new startup
company where I hold the position of president.
Woman 5: My first job in the oil and gas industry was
an internship with Mobil Oil Corp., in New Orleans.
I worked with a lot of smart, focused and talented
geoscientists and engineers.
Question 3: Describe your typical day.
Woman 1: Tough one to describe a typical day. I
generally read email, go to a couple of meetings and
work with the field’s earth model or look at seismic.
Woman 2: I talk with clients, help prepare bids and
work on getting projects out the door. My days are
never the same, which is what I love about the job I
Woman 3: I usually work from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(although the official day is shorter). We call the field
every morning for an update on operations, security,
construction, facilities and production engineering
activities. I work with my team leads on short-term
and long-term projects to enhance production (a lot of
emails and Powerpoint). I usually have 2-3 meetings
per day to discuss/prioritize/review ongoing or
upcoming work (production optimization, simulation
modeling, drilling plans, geologic interpretation,
workovers, etc.). Beyond our team, I also participate
in a number of broader business initiatives and
Woman 4: A typical day is a hectic day for me. My
day usually starts well before 8 a.m. with phone
calls and emails with our facility in Norway, as well
as other business relationships abroad. At the office,
I am involved in the daily business operations and
also stay closely involved in the projects and the
sales efforts. On any given day I am working on
budgets and finance, attending project meetings,
attending engineering meetings, reviewing drawings
and technical specifications, meeting with clients
and prospective clients, reviewing sales proposals,
evaluating new business opportunities and making a
lot of decisions.
Woman 5: On most days I work on my computer
to complete my projects. I interpret logs, create
maps, research local and regional geology or write
documents. I go to project meetings almost every day.
I typically work only during business hours, but there
are times when I get calls at night or on weekends
from a rig or other geologists for assistance with a
technical problem. Adapted from URL: http://www.rigzone.com/news/article
.asp?a_id=11508. Retrieved on February 14, 2012.
According to Text I, when asked about their choice of the oil and gas industry,