Watching Government: Future workforce needs

Many people in the oil and gas industry have been thinking hard about future workforce needs. They cite the number of experienced engineers and other professionals who have retired, or are getting ready to, and ask who will replace them and where they will be trained. A dramatically improved US exploration and production outlook resulting from tight shale and deepwater technologies makes the matter much more urgent. Consequently there were few surprises in a report, "Emerging Workforce Trends in the US Energy and Mining Industries," which the National Research Council, one of the federal government's national scientific academies, released on Mar. 21. It nevertheless contained s...

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