People in oil and gas transportion services occupations are employed by contractors in the oil and gas industry. Some self-employed operators work for drilling companies or operators who own their own equipment.
New hires generally start as swampers (helpers) and, after they earn the appropriate driver's licenses, advance to operator positions. Depending on the size and nature of the company, experienced operators may move into supervisory positions.
Certified Alberta oil and gas transportation services who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Oil and gas transportation services are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7511: Transport truck drivers. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 44,500 Albertans are employed in the Truck drivers occupational group. This group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 757 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As oil and gas transportation services occupations form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for oil and gas transportation services occupations.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.