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Best Oil and Natural Gas Jobs In Alberta Province, Canada

Updated on October 7, 2016
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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

Most of these jobs are listed for Alberta Province, largely in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, and Red Deer (Please see map provided below). Many require no post-secondary education (beyond high school), but related experience is a factor.

Unfortunately, this group of communities lie in the Cancer Corridor of new hospitals built in Alberta Province. The tar sands that provide much of the oil in this region are caustic and carcinogenic.

Oil deposit pipelines in Williston Basin and the Bakken Oil Field, along with McMurray Formation/Athabasca Tar Oil Sands transport connect with businesses in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, and North Dakota, but Alberta and North Dakota offer the largest numbers of jobs in local oil booms.

Top Sites for Oil and Natural Gas Jobs In Canada

Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Calgary, AB, Canada

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Fort McMurray:
Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

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Grand Prairie AB:
Grande Prairie, AB, Canada

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Red Deer:
Red Deer, AB, Canada

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Edmonton Oil and Diamond Gateway

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 tar oil sands in Northern Alberta.

Diamond mining is also big in upper Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Related companies are housed in Edmonton; however, oil and gas workers are stationed most often in the cities around Edmonton listed on the map below, most often Calgary.

Oil Sands in Alberta
Oil Sands in Alberta | Source

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 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.

Many higher paying jobs are available in engineering, skilled trades & labor, and oilfield operations.

High Paying Jobs

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

Hiring Companies in Alberta

  1. Suncor Energy Inc.
  2. Husky Energy
  3. Veritaaq
  4. Clean Harbors Environmental Services
  5. Finning of Canada
  6. Technical Support Group
  7. Hays Specialist Recruitment of Canada Inc.
  8. Michael Page in Canada
  9. Gibson Energy ULC
  10. Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited
  11. Aerotek ULC
  12. Enbridge Inc.


Edmonton Skyline
Edmonton Skyline | Source

Moving and Working in Edmundton

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

Progress of North American Oil Booms

Largest Oil Boom Job Increases 2010 - 2020

Williston ND:
Williston, ND 58801, USA

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Estevan SK:
Estevan, SK, Canada

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Saskatoon SK:
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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Alberta, Canada

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Seven Major Cities are experiencing increases in oil and natural gas, with several more cities providing oil jobs.

New Town ND:
New Town, ND 58763, USA

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Montana, USA

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Ohio, USA

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Pennsylvania, USA

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