Oil and gas industry continues to grapple with technical personnel shortage

09/24/2001
The shortage of skilled technical personnel again looms heavily over the oil and gas industry.As of late, many perceive industry's labor dilemma as having reached a flashpoint of sorts. Although the situation would not appear to lend itself too easily to any immediate or obvious solutions, those grappling with the crisis appear cautiously optimistic about solving it-or, at least, doing their level best to adapt to it. Click here to enlarge imageThere is no denying the shrinkage of industry's work force. In the US, the number of employees working in oil and gas extraction during 1991-2000 has diminished by more than 80,000, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Fig. 1).M...
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