Oil pipeline control centre operators are employed by:
- major international pipeline companies
- national and regional pipeline companies
- mid-stream oil and gas companies
- integrated oil and gas companies.
Oil pipeline control centre operators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 9232: Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators. In Alberta, 84% 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 6,000 Albertans are employed in the Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.0% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 60 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As oil pipeline control centre operators form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for oil pipeline control centre operators.
The Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada employment demand forecast indicates that over 30% of the workforce in the oil and gas industry is expected to retire in the next few years. The number of people presently retiring already exceeds the number of new workers joining the industry today.