October 27, 2011 by Rob Sentz
In this post we want to give some background on the mining, oil, and gas sector and discuss some of the top employment opportunities for 2012.
The “mining sector” (a.k.a. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, NAICS 21) is one of the fastest-growing/highest-paying broad industry categories in the country. Since 2008, it has grown by 8% and added 100,000 new jobs. Average industry earnings are nearly $80,000 per year, and while other sectors have much bigger employment numbers (e.g., health care added 960,000 new jobs and finance added 470,000 new jobs in the same time period), few can rival the sector’s large multiplier (5.96 multiplier at the 2-digit level). Essentially, each job here will create nearly five more across other sectors. NOTE: We calculated that number by hand, so it is not included in the screen shot below.
About 1.3 million people are currently employed by mining, oil and gas activities. The most common demographic is men between the ages of 25 and 64.
For the purposes of this piece, “mining sector” refers specifically to oil and gas extraction, because these two sub-industries are the ones driving the growth. When we break the sector down into its component parts (see the table below), we see that oil and gas extraction (NAICS 2111) grew by 17% and 96,000 jobs, support activities for mining (NAICS 2131) increased by 3% and 10,000 jobs, and coal mining (NAICS 2121) increased by 6% and 5,000 jobs. Metal ore mining (NAICS 2122) and quarrying (NAICS 2123) actually declined by 2% and 7% respectively.
|NAICS Code||Description||2008 Jobs||2011 Jobs||Change||% Change||2011 Earnings||2011 Establishments|
|2111||Oil and Gas Extraction||574,901||670,849||95,948||17%||$74,340||9,335|
|2122||Metal Ore Mining||47,125||46,408||(717)||(2%)||$91,545||420|
|2123||Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying||126,677||117,330||(9,347)||(7%)||$63,995||5,912|
|2131||Support Activities for Mining||374,503||384,524||10,021||3%||$83,048||15,316|
|Source: EMSI Complete Employment - 2011.4 BETA|
Here are the big Es on the eye chart:
The table below ranks the states according to their 5-year growth:
|State||2007 Jobs||2012 Jobs||5 Year Growth||% Growth||2011 Average Earnings||2011 LQ|
|North Dakota (ND)||6,352||19,210||12,858||202%||$85,422||4.67|
|West Virginia (WV)||35,012||43,461||8,449||24%||$73,233||6.24|
|New Mexico (NM)||24,928||29,301||4,373||18%||$72,348||3.57|
|New York (NY)||12,065||14,201||2,136||18%||$45,107||0.17|
|North Carolina (NC)||6,835||7,868||1,033||15%||$31,821||0.19|
|South Carolina (SC)||2,597||3,506||909||35%||$28,779||0.18|
|New Jersey (NJ)||3,516||4,242||726||21%||$47,531||0.11|
|South Dakota (SD)||1,576||2,118||542||34%||$40,007||0.49|
|District of Columbia (DC)||222||398||176||79%||$14,225||0.05|
|New Hampshire (NH)||1,322||1,359||37||3%||$44,172||0.21|
|Rhode Island (RI)||481||428||(53)||(11%)||$48,008||0.10|
|Source: EMSI Complete Employment - 2011.4 BETA|
Now we want to turn our attention to the top occupations employed by the mining/oil/gas sector and the percentage of the industry that the occupation represents. If you want the full staffing pattern, please contact us. (NOTE: This is just showing the number of workers who staff this industry as opposed to the total employed in ALL industries).
|SOC Code||Occupation||Employeed in Industry (2011)||% of the Total Jobs in Industry (2011)|
|11-9199||Managers, all other||157,507||12.00%|
|47-5071||Roustabouts, oil and gas||80,487||6.10%|
|47-1011||First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers||78,715||6.00%|
|11-9141||Property, real estate, and community association managers||56,168||4.30%|
|47-5013||Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining||48,082||3.70%|
|11-1021||General and operations managers||39,920||3.00%|
|47-5081||Helpers, extraction workers||39,181||3.00%|
|47-2073||Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators||35,904||2.70%|
|53-3032||Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer||34,143||2.60%|
|47-5012||Rotary drill operators, oil and gas||31,789||2.40%|
|47-5011||Derrick operators, oil and gas||27,218||2.10%|
|19-4041||Geological and petroleum technicians||26,800||2.00%|
|43-3031||Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks||26,660||2.00%|
|51-8093||Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers||22,732||1.70%|
|23-2093||Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers||21,040||1.60%|
|47-5099||Extraction workers, all other||20,678||1.60%|
|13-2011||Accountants and auditors||19,196||1.50%|
|19-2042||Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers||19,019||1.40%|
|49-9041||Industrial machinery mechanics||16,191||1.20%|
|47-5041||Continuous mining machine operators||14,541||1.10%|
|53-7032||Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators||14,343||1.10%|
TOP JOBS FOR 2012
To round out the analysis, we have pulled data on how mining/oil/gas jobs might look in 2012. The data is based on new jobs, annual openings, earnings, total employment and education levels for ALL jobs – not just the ones in the mining/oil/gas sector — so we can see the bigger picture for each career.
|SOC Code||Description||2011 Jobs||2012 Jobs||Change||% Change||Openings||% Openings||Annual Openings||2011 Median Hourly Wage||Education Level|
|43-3031||Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks||2,223,356||2,251,534||28,178||1%||56,139||3%||56,139||$15.57||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|11-9199||Managers, all other||2,157,313||2,231,351||74,038||3%||129,742||6%||129,742||$18.24||Work experience in a related field|
|53-3032||Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer||2,033,812||2,054,333||20,521||1%||64,590||3%||64,590||$17.87||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|11-1021||General and operations managers||1,751,678||1,755,541||3,863||0%||61,597||4%||61,597||$42.97||Degree plus work experience|
|11-9141||Property, real estate, and community association managers||1,659,030||1,735,545||76,515||5%||105,189||6%||105,189||$8.98||Bachelor's degree|
|13-2011||Accountants and auditors||1,537,886||1,572,339||34,453||2%||60,744||4%||60,744||$24.12||Bachelor's degree|
|47-1011||First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers||772,639||782,208||9,569||1%||25,807||3%||25,807||$24.22||Work experience in a related field|
|11-1011||Chief executives||624,632||638,375||13,743||2%||31,432||5%||31,432||$42.89||Degree plus work experience|
|51-4121||Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers||393,402||389,733||(3,669)||(1%)||14,478||4%||14,478||$17.01||Long-term on-the-job training|
|47-2073||Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators||385,565||387,821||2,256||1%||11,029||3%||11,029||$20.07||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|49-9041||Industrial machinery mechanics||295,743||295,944||201||0%||7,225||2%||7,225||$21.28||Long-term on-the-job training|
|49-3042||Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines||136,273||137,287||1,014||1%||4,152||3%||4,152||$21.39||Postsecondary vocational award|
|23-2093||Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers||111,048||114,125||3,077||3%||4,816||4%||4,816||$17.71||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|47-5071||Roustabouts, oil and gas||84,956||87,086||2,130||3%||3,964||5%||3,964||$15.57||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|53-7032||Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators||76,507||76,861||354||0%||3,057||4%||3,057||$17.28||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|51-8093||Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers||55,293||56,066||773||1%||2,517||5%||2,517||$25.89||Long-term on-the-job training|
|47-5013||Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining||49,695||50,932||1,237||2%||2,320||5%||2,320||$18.50||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|47-5081||Helpers, extraction workers||44,007||45,058||1,051||2%||1,985||5%||1,985||$16.29||Short-term on-the-job training|
|19-2042||Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers||42,828||44,312||1,484||3%||2,719||6%||2,719||$35.45||Master's degree|
|19-4041||Geological and petroleum technicians||32,467||33,939||1,472||5%||2,642||8%||2,642||$19.27||Associate's degree|
|47-5012||Rotary drill operators, oil and gas||32,882||33,372||490||1%||1,296||4%||1,296||$24.74||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|17-2171||Petroleum engineers||30,888||32,194||1,306||4%||2,009||7%||2,009||$50.02||Bachelor's degree|
|47-5011||Derrick operators, oil and gas||27,527||27,979||452||2%||1,117||4%||1,117||$20.57||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|53-7073||Wellhead pumpers||24,268||24,795||527||2%||1,379||6%||1,379||$17.69||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|47-5099||Extraction workers, all other||21,049||22,027||978||5%||1,360||6%||1,360||$17.10||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|47-5049||Mining machine operators, all other||14,535||15,129||594||4%||904||6%||904||$17.61||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|47-5041||Continuous mining machine operators||14,541||14,507||(34)||0%||496||3%||496||$21.37||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Source: EMSI Complete Employment - 2011.4 BETA|
1. High Demand: Managers
When considering a sector like this, most job-seekers likely have images of coveralled workers on the frozen tundra or an oil derrick (like our illustration at the top of the article!). However, property managers and “managers, all other” are two of the top-demand occupations. Furthermore, general and operations managers, CEOs, and first line supervisors make up a major part of the employment and also have a lot of projected demand. The big thing to note about these various management positions is the difference in wages. Property managers make only $9 an hour, “managers, all other” makes just over $18 per hour, and operations managers make about $43 per hour. Wages can differ region to region, so we would encourage local analysis as well. For a general sense of what these jobs actually entail, we have included a standard description of three of them below. NOTE: The occupation definitions come straight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Standard Occupational Classification System.
2. Highest Paid: Engineers, Scientists, and Managers
At $50 per hour, petroleum engineers are the highest paid. Based on the data for new and replacement jobs, we are estimating that there will be at least 3,000 positions for petroleum engineers. Other high-paying jobs are general operations managers ($43 per hour), CEOs ($43 per hour), geoscientists ($35 per hour) and petroleum pump operators ($26 per hour). Below is a description of non-management jobs that job-seekers might want to consider.
3. Most Abundant Need: Technicians, Operators, and Skilled Trades
Most of the jobs (we identified 17 out of the top 27 in our staffing pattern) are technical occupations. These generally require moderate or long-term on-the-job training, and pay from $15 an hour for jobs such as roustabouts and extraction workers, up to $25 per hour for pump operators, drill operators and heavy equipment mechanics. Across the entire sector, the construction, extraction and maintenance jobs make up more than 50% of the total employment. These tend to be the types of jobs people think about when you mention this sector–the jobs where you get your hands dirty. Below is a quick description of three of the more common jobs we found.
4. Don’t Forget to Mention: Administrators
As with any industry, there are lot of folks who keep the books, contracts, and numbers all in order. And as operations increase, so will the need for people like bookkeepers ($16 per hour) and accountants ($24 per hour).
So generally, the domestic prospects for the mining, oil and gas extraction are good. We are also seeing that this relatively small sector is having big impacts on different state economies. See here, here and here for how the industry is changing the face of North Dakota.
lllustration by Mark Beauchamp