Primarily due to a decline in oil prices, the oilfield job market took a downturn in 2014 and has remained mostly flat through 2018. As we begin 2019, there is some light at the end of the tunnel as we begin to see an uptick in the industry across the board as well as for us here along the Gulf Coast. According to the 2019 Gulf Coast Energy Outlook published by LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business Economics & Policy Research Group and the Center for Energy Studies, in 2019, the Gulf Coast region will build upon its 2018 economic gains in the energy sector, although those gains will likely be slower due to concerns about economic growth and geopolitical tensions. This outlook is good news for the oilfield job market in Louisiana. We checked in with Halliburton, one of the oil industry’s world leaders, to get a pulse on what Louisiana jobseekers might expect in 2019.
This year, Halliburton is celebrating its 100 year anniversary having grown from a single location in 1919 to 60,000 employees worldwide. Although equally affected by the oil downturn in the last few years, Halliburton is currently experiencing an increase in business through both existing and new customers.
“We are at the very beginning of just a small upturn in business, but we are optimistic about the future,” said Kevin Spain, Halliburton Senior Recruiter, Gulf Region. “We have about 120 positions available right now in the state of Louisiana ranging from entry level to experienced professionals.”
The list of positions range across the board. Operator assistant trainees, tool technicians, service operators, service supervisors, material handlers, field engineers, associate technical professionals, technical professionals, and directional drillers, as well as multiple positions open for those experienced in geoscience and others with STEMfield degrees are all available.
The good news for Louisianans, according to Spain, is Halliburton most often looks to hire a diverse, local workforce to provide opportunities in the community where each facility is based.
“Halliburton is a great place to work,” stated Spain. “We strive to be an organization that’s representative of the communities we are in and we nurture a culture where people feel respected and can reach their highest potential. In addition, we also have a great benefit package, which includes medical, dental, life, paid vacation, employee stock programs and more. The company even offers paid paternity leave for the fathers—something I had not seen before with other employers.”
In addition to Spain’s recruiting efforts across the Gulf Coast, Halliburton employs an experienced team of recruiters working college campuses, as well as military bases in search of soon-to-be-veterans looking to enter the workforce.
One piece of advice Spain offers to jobseekers? “When applying for a job, make sure you read the requirements to understand if you are specifically qualified for the position. At Halliburton and most similar corporations, failing to meet the initial requirements immediately eliminates you from consideration—it’s part of the vetting process.”
To learn more about oilfield job opportunities with Halliburton and other companies across Louisiana, visit Louisiana Job Connection today.