More women entering oil industry

May 8, 2013 4:25:19 PM PDT
Oil workers and industry officials from all over the world are here in Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference, and a lot of those companies are here looking for good help.

Working your way through the crowded floor of the OTC, you notice most of the people are men. But there is an increasing number of women, and that's because companies are recruiting them.

"We've seen a lot of women apply for positions and they're very, very qualified," said Mile Melillo, Repsol USA recruiting manager.

"More than 50 percent of the resumes are coming from women,s o I think women are a key factor nowadays," said Alfredo Gayo with CEPSA.

A new survey by energy industry analyst Rigzone found that 46 percent of all of the new jobs are going to women -- a vast improvement.

"Like lots of industries, it's been a big initiative for a number of years and it finally seems to be paying off," said Michael Durney with Dice Holdings' Rigzone.

The jobs are in operations and finance, engineering and human resources. But it may be only a start. The new Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell worked in the industry in the 1980s.

"The population of this country is far more diverse than this industry as a whole. So I think this industry has some work to do," said Secretary Jewell.

"One of our new general managers is actually going to be a female in our productions operation area. And we've got a large growth for the business this year," said Julia Wardle, recruiter for the Japanese company, Inpex.

That's something the companies apparently recognize from the attendance at OTC.

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