The oil and gas industry is growing, and with it the opportunity for careers for America's veterans.
The jobs that are expected to be in most demand over the next two decades include managerial careers, as well as construction, maintenance, transportation and more.
What's it like working in the oil and gas industry? Why is it a good fit for fellow veterans?
Get to know a few veterans who have joined the energy industry. They are proud of their military service, and proud of the work they do now as a civilian. We offer these interviews so you can get a glimpse of who works for this industry. It might make you want to look for a job.
- Micheal Sittler, US Air Force Veteran and Principal Strategic Sourcing Manager at Spectra Energy
"Energy independence is our national security," said Sittler. "So the more veterans who can help us bolster our energy security, where we’re not as dependent on foreign sources, the better."
- Nic Porta, Coast Guard Veteran and BP's Subsea Blowout Preventer Reliability Team Member
Former US Coast Guard officer Nicholas Porta sees many similarities between his old job helping defend the nation, and his new profession in the oil and gas industry, one he describes as a great fit for veterans.
- Christopher Magliolo, Staff Sgt.
This USMC Reservist and LSU grad student is also an active on-campus volunteer, passionate about helping military veterans navigate energy-related professions, which are a perfect match for those wanting careers connected to national security.
- Teri Poulton, Director, Veteran Outreach, BP, Inc.
Energy Independence a "Great Goal that Every Veteran Can Get Behind." A Q&A with Teri Poulton, Director, Veteran Outreach, BP, Inc.
- Leanne Wheeler, USAF Veteran - "Energy security is a matter of national security." From serving in the United States Air Force to working to end homelessness among Colorado veterans and advocating to strengthen our nation's energy security, Leanne Wheeler has demonstrated a commitment to fighting for her community and her country.
- Lance, Navy Veteran and now Instrumentation and Electronics Technician, Marathon Oil Company - "[The military gave me] technical expertise, integrity, loyalty and commitment to excellence are among the basic factors for mission accomplishment whether you're active duty or civilian."
- Robert, USMC Veteran and Production Engineering Technician, Marathon Oil Company – “As an Aviation Precision and Measurement Calibration Chief, I repaired, maintained and calibrated all Marine Corps Rotary Wing platforms.”
- Lisa, Army Veteran and Project Engineer, Shell International Exploration and Production – “I was responsible for a US base camp in Korea, over $1 billion worth of munitions located at 81 different locations.”
- Justin, National Guard Veteran and Cost Planning Engineer, Shell International Exploration and Production – “Determining what information is important and ‘who needs to know what.’”
- William, Air Force Veteran and Pipeline and Compression System Engineer, East Texas North Area, Enbridge Energy Company, Inc – “I was in the Air Force for 20 years.”
- James, Army Corps of Engineers Veteran and Manager, Engineering and Technology, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation – “I have held many positions in the US Army Active and Reserve Forces.”
- Michael, Army Veteran and Recruiter, Fluor Corporation – “I began my career as a Platoon Leader in South Korea where I led a platoon of Infantry soldiers. I was responsible for the training and employment of these soldiers.”
- John, Air Force Veteran and Hydrocarbon Allocation Engineer, Shell International Exploration and Production – “In my last position, I led a 15-person research team managing a $4 million per year project.”
- Joe, Navy Veteran and Environmental, Health and Safety Representative, Devon Energy Corporation – “I served four years as 3rd Class Petty Officer E-4 in the U.S. Navy. I served aboard the USS Carl Vinson as a Storekeeper.”
- Richard, Air Force Veeeran and Director EHS, GOM, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation – “I served in the U.S. Air Force as a Missile Combat Crew Commander in the Minuteman ICBM weapon system.”
- Josh, Air Force Veteran and Mechanic, Chevron - "Some of the important skills and experience I had were learning fundamentals of jet engine overhaul."
- Rick, Navy veteran and Technical Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation - "[The service taught me] the importance of safe work practices and operations and how to work and communicate as a team."
- Susan, Marine Corps Veteran and Senior Petroleum Geologist, ExxonMobil Corporation – “Serving in the Marine Corps instilled within me an unwavering dedication to the task, determination (can-do-spirit) to tackle the most difficult of challenges…”
- Pharoah, Army Veteran and Louisiana District Engineer, ConocoPhillips – “I have been able to apply the time management, critical thinking, and coordination skills that I learned while in Iraq to my everyday task that I perform today in my current position."
- Norm, Army Veteran and General Manager, Algeria Operations, Anadarko Petroleum Company – “The Army gave me the confidence that I could successfully compete in a host of areas if I focused, planned and worked.”