Oil and Gas Jobs in New Mexico - More Jobs Than Applicants
Oil and gas exploration and production are extremely important to New Mexico. Figures
from 2005 state the industry employs over 12,000 workers statewide. These jobs are
particularly well-paying jobs at more than 24.9 percent higher wages than those in
construction and 56.6 percent more than finance.
These two natural resources are important to New Mexico in the form of taxes that pay
for such things as education and conservation. These cover more that 10 percent of state revenue.
New Mexico ranks fourth in natural gas reserves and fifth in oil reserves on a
state-to-state comparison, so it's no wonder there are so many oil and gas jobs in the
state. The oil reserves are located mainly in the southeastern part of the state known as
the Permian Basin. The natural gas reserves are mostly in the northwest portion of the
state known as the San Juan Basin. Unconventional gas production is also growing in both
the Permian and the San Juan Basin.
Jobs with a foundation in either the gas industry or the oil industry are plentiful in
both the San Juan Basin and the Permian Basin currently as the price for both oil and gas
have skyrocketed over recent years. During the next twenty years, these jobs are secure
and stable and will continue to grow although sights may shift on the production of
unconventional gas from coal methane toward Devonian Shale.
Geologists, Petroleum Engineers, other Engineers, and Environmental Scientists are in
desperate need throughout the state to work either in the field or in the plants. The need
for Mechanical Engineers, Project Engineers, and Civil Engineers are required for several
aspects of both gas and oil production. Salary is extremely high due to the demand to fill
the positions and benefits are of highest caliber. Due to the labor shortage, even
entry-level candidates are considered and receiving high incomes in a growing market.
Welders and mechanics are earning well over the thirty-dollar an hour in gas pipeline
jobs, even straight out of school and often based only on experience. Truck drivers
straight out of a driving academy are being hired at over twenty dollars an hour or more
depending on if they have their Hazardous Materials endorsement to haul anything from
sand, water, fuel or even crude oil.
Power plant engineers and managers are earning anywhere from $80,000 annually up to
salaries well into the six digits. These are jobs that require a great deal of education,
but they are willing to take a candidate straight out of school to fill the vacancy. The
more experience, the higher the starting wage, as with any job.
Many managerial jobs are currently open, also. Trucking companies, oil producers,
various smaller companies all need managers to head up their operations. Right along that
same line, administrative assistants are in dire need as are people skilled in human
resources and information technology. Beginning wages for a secretary start around ten to
fourteen dollars an hour if they have experience in the oil or gas field in order to
better understand the terminology used.