Updated 2023 - Looking to move your natural gas career forward into a higher paying position?
While the top-paying positions in the natural gas distribution industry usually require a combination of advanced education and experience, there is always the potential to move yourself up into the career of your dreams.
To give you an idea of where you can take your career, here are the best-paying jobs in this industry:
1. Project Manager
One of the best paying jobs in the natural gas distribution industry is a Project Manager. A Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that an entire project stays on track, on budget, to specifications and within safety guidelines from start to finish.
A Project Manager also monitors communication between groups.
How to Become a Project Manager: In order to become a Project Manager, you will need a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, a Project Management Certification or at least ten years of experience managing projects in the petroleum industry.
Average Yearly Salary: $197,000
2. Drilling Supervisor
Drilling Supervisors are in charge of the entire drill operation, ensuring that the project is completed on time.
They also manage onsite operations safely and efficiently while delivering well objectives.
How to Become a Drilling Supervisor: Drilling supervisors do not require a Bachelor’s degree but years of experience are usually required. Some employers may seek a degree in drilling technology or mechanical engineering.
Average Yearly Salary: $186,000
3. Reservoir Engineer
Also known as a Petroleum or Pipeline Engineer, Reservoir Engineers focus on optimizing the flow of petroleum oil and gas through reservoirs.
They are responsible for identifying and evaluating each oil and gas reserve using special tools and equipment while continuously monitoring and optimizing the reserve during the drilling process.
How to Become a Reservoir Engineer: Reservoir Engineers hold a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or a relevant field of study with at least two years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
Average Yearly Salary: $172,000
4. Drilling Engineer
A Drilling Engineer manages rig staff and is responsible for assessing and maintaining wells. They also have to ensure the implementation of safety measures.
Another responsibility of a Drilling Engineer is to manage the financial and technical operations of the drilling project.
How to Become a Drilling Engineer: The position of Drilling Engineer requires that you have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Previous experience as a field engineer or production engineer is beneficial as well.
Average Yearly Salary: $162,000
5. Natural Gas Engineer
Natural Gas Engineers support plan equipment and design by developing, installing and maintaining equipment used for processing oil and gas.
Their responsibilities include ensuring safety, reliability, quality and sustainability.
How to Become a Natural Gas Engineer: Mechanical engineering is a broad engineering field with a Bachelor’s degree being the minimum requirement.
Average Yearly Salary: $154,000
6. HSE Manager
The HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) Manager plays a key role in monitoring the safety, occupational health and environmental performance of natural gas operations at onshore and offshore production sites.
They are also responsible for developing safety management policies, coordinating training programs and investigating workplace incidents.
How to Become an HSE Manager: It is possible to become an HSE Manager with a high school diploma (or equivalent) but many hold a Bachelor’s degree as well. It also helps to have previous experience in a role such as safety manager or safety supervisor.
Average Yearly Salary: $158,000
7. Project Engineer
Project Engineers are responsible for ensuring that the design, construction and any necessary maintenance are completed safely and within budget.
They also review progress reports and construction changes and communicate these to stakeholders.
How to Become a Project Engineer: Project engineers typically have a combination of existing engineering qualifications (mechanical, civil, chemical, etc.) as well as hands-on experience. There are universities and colleges that offer project management certificates.
Average Yearly Salary: $114,000
8. Production Engineer
Production Engineers typically hold a petroleum engineering degree. They are responsible for designing and choosing well equipment for the post-drilling production stage.
They are also responsible for monitoring the efficiency of the well and ensuring that it is still commercially viable.
How to Become a Production Engineer: While you don’t need an advanced or post-secondary degree, it certainly helps. Otherwise, previous career experience can help you work your way into this position.
Average Yearly Salary: $110,000
Moving On Up
All successful career paths in the natural gas distribution industry have to start somewhere.
While many individuals in the positions around the globe started with their education, many have also begun their career in entry positions and worked their way up.
If you’re passionate about the oil and gas industry, there is nothing stopping you from gaining experience while expanding your education and following your dream career path.
It’s only a matter of time before you’ll land one of the best-paying jobs in the natural gas industry!