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Oil and gas operations manager Oil and gas production manager, oil and gas exploration manager

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £35,000 to £65,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

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

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £35,000 to £40,000

Experienced: £40,000 to £65,000

Highly Experienced: £65,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 11 April 2017