Oil and gas operations manager

Oil and gas operations managers plan and coordinate onshore and offshore exploration and production.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £65,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 4% more Oil and gas operations manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • making decisions about where to explore for fuel reserves
  • carrying out risk assessments
  • managing a technical team and subcontractors
  • meeting production targets
  • controlling budgets
  • making sure production processes and facilities meet safety standards

You’ll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in science, engineering, geology or mining, and several years’ management experience. 

My Oil and Gas Career has more details about working in this industry.

£35,000 to £65,000

Starter salary: £35,000 to £40,000

Experienced salary: £40,000 to £65,000

These figures are a guide.


You’ll work around 40 hours a week.

You’ll usually have an office at the production facility, which could be at an onshore site or on an offshore rig.

You could become an operations director or work independently as an oil and gas consultant, travelling all over the world.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • leadership and management skills
  • communication skills
  • planning and organisational skills
  • project management skills
  • IT skills
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