Oil's crew change, revisited

It's happening. The scene is unfolding exactly as oil and gas industry-watchers had feared. Thousands of Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and vacating the workforce. Meanwhile, the pool of up-and-coming workers rising to fill the void left behind appears only knee-deep. In thinking about the industry's developing "crew change" crisis, this editor's curiosity turned to finding out more about the incoming relief players. Considering petroleum engineers, for example, I wondered: Why did they choose PE as a major? How optimistic are they entering the workforce? And what challenges lie ahead for them? Then, turning to social media—in this case, soliciting volunteers among OGJ...

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