Now that global rescission has become a household term and lay offs & pink slips have become a part of our daily vocabulary, you might find it odd to find large number of ads by oil rig companies on job classifieds. Oil prices are less than half of what it used to be a few months back. So, why are the oil rig companies still hiring?

Sure, the worldwide economic growth is slowing and the low crude oil price IS affecting new projects. Prospects aren’t too bright for a regular office job, be it Oil &  Gas  or any other sector. But if you work in the field, there are still plenty of rig jobs. Companies that have started their upstream activities will continue with their effort. Recession or not, that is still a lot of work waiting for workers to complete. In recent report on The Daily Times though a few local oil companies have stopped their hiring, larger companies continue to hire.

There are two major reasons behind it.

The first reason is the basic economic principle of demand and supply. Demand for oil and  gas  remains high due to the emergence of new economies like China and India. Though China has come down from a blistering two digit growth, the current growth rate is at an enviable 9%. India too is not far behind. Even if oil demands slack from traditional giants America and Europe, new economies will continue to drive up the demand. Recently, the International Energy Agency predicts that China and India will need 300% more crude oil for their economies by 2030. This is good enough reason for oil rig companies to continue investing in oil exploration and new oil rigs.

Newly elected US President Obama’s one of the key agenda was alternative energy. However, in the current gloomy economic scenario, there is less likelihood of pushing for it simply because renewable energy is costlier.

The second major reason for this unabated hiring effort from the oil companies is talent shortage. Today, there are so many drilling rig jobs filled by graying workers hired in the 1970s. Most of them will be reaching retirement age in a few years. While the oil and  gas  companies looking to rejuvenate its work force with young blood, your prospects of getting oil drilling jobs remains strong.