How To Find the Top 10 Best Oil and Natural Gas Jobs In Alberta Province

Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park.
Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park. | Source

Over 6% of Canadian Jobs are in Oil and Natural Gas

During January 2012, out of a total of approximately 142,000 job listings in all Canada, 8,800+ fell into the field of Oil and Natural Gas. By September 2012, 9 months later, a total of 9,330 jobs were available in this industry, an increase of over 500 additional jobs.

Most of these jobs are listed for Alberta Province, largely in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Nisku, Grande Prairie, and Lloydminster. Job listed later in this Hub were collected across all Internet postings via, , and Workopolis in Canada and many jobs can be accessed for application online. Further, many require no post-secondary education (beyond high school), but related experience is a factor.

Oil deposits (Williston Basin and Bakken Oil Field, along with McMurray Formation/Athabasca Oil Sands) and/or pipelines connect business in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, and North Dakota, but Alberta and North Dakota offer the largest numbers of jobs in local oil booms. Simultaneously, oil booms have occurred in Eastern and Southern Ohio and Pennsylvania (Utica and Marcellus oil deposits).

Oil and Natural Gas jobs are also available in Saskatchewan and Ontario Provinces, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The City of Edmonton stands at the northern gateway to the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor and is home to many companies that stage enormous projects for the local oil sands in Northern Alberta. Diamond mining is big in the Northwest Territories and related companies are also housed in Edmonton; however, oil and gas workers will be stationed most often in the cities around Edmonton listed on the map below. This will especially include Edmonton and Calgary.

Top Sites for Oil and Natural Gas Jobs In Canada

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A markerEdmonton -
Edmonton, AB, Canada
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B markerRed Deer -
Red Deer, AB, Canada
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C markerGrand Prairie AB -
Grande Prairie, AB, Canada
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D markerCalgary -
Calgary, AB, Canada
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E markerFort McMurray -
Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
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F markerNisku -
Nisku, AB, Canada
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G markerLloydminster -
Lloydminster, AB, Canada
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Increasing Jobs, Business and Foreign Trade

The highest demand job titles and the companies that advertise the most positions open in the oil and natural gas fields and related facilities in January 2012 are listed below. Jobs are expected to increase for several years and heavy crude oil is piped already to North Dakota for processing around Williston and New Town, involving US partnerships that are expected to expand. Alberta leaders would like to open up oil trade with Asia through a Northern Gateway project as well.

Hiring Companies in Alberta

  1. Baker Hughes
  2. Canadian Natural Resources
  3. Design Group Staffing
  4. AMEC
  5. ConocoPhillips
  6. Halliburton
  7. Nexen
  8. Adecco
  9. CNRL
  10. Husky Energy
  11. Suncor Energy
  12. Klopp Richards & Associates
  13. Enerplus
  14. Roevin Technical People
  15. Waterous Power Systems

High Paying Jobs

  1. Private Sales Consultants
  2. Project Managers
  3. Project Engineers
  4. Equipment Operator Drivers
  5. Mechanical Engineers
  6. Business Analysts
  7. Administrative Assistants
  8. Electrical Engineers
  9. Senior Process Engineers
  10. Cost Engineers
  11. Industrial Wastewater Engineers
  12. Process Engineers
  13. Intermediate Process Engineers
  14. Project Control Managers
  15. Oil Field Workers


Edmonton Skyline
Edmonton Skyline | Source

Working In and Around Edmonton AB, Canada

Permanent Immigration to Alberta from the United States requires a process for skilled workers and professionals like those needed in the oil fields from 2012 - onward. However, a work visa for stipulated shorter terms of residence and employment may be available. To learn more, visit WORK TEMPORARILY IN CANADA.

Skilled Workers and Professionals

Eligibility Requirements

  • A mandatory language proficiency test for English, French, or both
  • A valid, real offer by a company for specific employment OR
  • One year of continuous full-time paid work in Canada (on a work visa) in an eligible job title seen below

Eligible Job Titles (If work experience is within the last 10 years)

The job titles in BOLD are more directly related to Oil and Natural Gas. However, some companies require medial and health staff, chefs, cooks, and others on the rest of the list.

  • Restaurant and Food Service Managers
  • Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
  • Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (Cap reached - Full)
  • Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
  • Biologists and Related Scientists
  • Architects
  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists (Physical Therapists)
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) (Cap reached - Full)
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
  • Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Welders & Related Machine Operators
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Crane Operators
  • Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
  • Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

More Requirements and Criteria Examined

  • Education
  • Fluency in English and/or French (for Quebec, especially)
  • Work Experience - type, number of years, etc.
  • Your Age (this is legal)
  • Arranged employment in Canada or not,
  • Your Adaptability.

Relevent Companies on Workopolis and Contact Information

JD Driver in Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Nisku, AB. Apply at online.

  • Heavy Equipment Operaters
  • Entry-level Laborers
  • Mobile Crane Operators
  • Welders
  • Other

North American Construction Group in Fort McMurray. Apply at

  • Equipment Operators
  • Finish Operators
  • Serivemen
  • Supervisors

Weatherford Canada Partnership in Alberta. Apply online at under Career Opportunities.

  • Field Mechanics
  • Casing Jack Operators
  • Inside Sales Reps
  • Accounts Managers
  • Materials Managers

Design Group Staffing in Alberta. Apply to email address:

  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Process Operators
  • Other

J. Giesbrecht & Son Cranes Employment Office in Edmonton, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MN. Apply at

  • Crane Operators
  • Crane Dispatchers

Largest Oil Boom Job Increases 2011 - 2012

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A markerWilliston ND -
Williston, ND 58801, USA
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B markerEstevan SK -
Estevan, SK, Canada
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C markerSaskatoon SK -
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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D markerAlberta -
Alberta, Canada
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Seven Major Cities are experiencing increases in oil and natural gas, with several more cities providing oil jobs.

E markerNew Town ND -
New Town, ND 58763, USA
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F markerMontana -
Montana, USA
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G markerOhio -
Ohio, USA
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H markerPennsylvania -
Pennsylvania, USA
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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

Wow, they have a few drops of oil there. So, dow we still need the Middle East oil? Also, I wish they speed up the electric cars. It would take a lot of ower out of their hands.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I've read recent news reports that USA exports as much or more oil than we use ourselves, and purchase oil from the Middle East. Why do we do this? Politics, world trade momentum, something.

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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

This definitely doesn't make sense but politics never make sense. I am surprise about this fact and there is something else I learned. Interesting. Thank you, Patty.

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