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Oil and gas operations manager

Oil and gas operations managers plan and co-ordinate onshore and offshore exploration and production.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £65,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

44 to 46 a week

You could work: as a contractor / self-employed; away from home

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Oil and gas operations manager jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You may need to wear smart business dress.

You could work in an office or visit sites.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
University

You could get a degree before applying to join an organisation's management training scheme.

You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in science, engineering, geology or mining.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Further information

You can find out more about becoming an oil and gas operations manager from My Oil and Gas Career.

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:

  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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