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Women bringing energy to Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas” and “women” are not often married together, as traditionally this has not been seen as a career path of choice for females. However Anderselite, have noticed an encouraging rise in the number of women joining the industry, with some rising to the top of the sector. One leading example is Maria das Graças Silva Foster. As CEO of Petrobras, she has played a huge part in firmly cementing the firm into one of the top ten Oil Companies in the world.

Maria das Graças Silva Foster is the first woman in the world to head an oil & gas company, which has more than 81,000 employees. Having joined Petrobras in 1978 as an intern with a Masters degree in chemical engineering this is a great example of not just equality in the industry, but also the opportunity for progression. Now, as the oil industry faces a critical skills shortage, women are poised to enter the sector to develop their own careers.

Opinions regarding career opportunities for women in the Oil & Gas industry differ greatly around the world. However, according to the first annual Global Diversity and Inclusion Report, compiled by oil industry portals BP and Rigzone, revealed that more women universally are looking for careers in technical sectors and in the oil industry; traditionally male-dominated sectors.

Of the 3,000 oil & gas professionals who responded to the survey, most agreed that the proportion of women working in the industry had increased. Following the trend, Canada and the US both agreed that prospects for females had in fact improved. However, Europe tells a slightly different story with only a minority of energy industry professionals being women. European oil companies are keen to attract more women to bridge the widening skill gaps.
Outside of Europe, the oil & gas industry is seen as a vehicle for economic development and the world's dependence on oil and gas is growing rapidly with an increased demand for transportation fuels for private vehicles and cheap air flights; demand for synthetic materials, whether used in domestic industrial equipment and appliances or in apparel and furnishing. In addition, oil & gas are the main feedstock for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. And the dependence doesn't stop there - the list is endless.

The front line of the oil & gas industry has changed over the past few decades. The basic skills of geology, geophysics and engineering in its petroleum, drilling, mechanical, electrical and chemical and civil versions - are still needed to find, produce and process oil. Universities, especially in the UK are looking for an increase in students taking geology, physics, chemistry and engineering degrees - the standard qualifications for an oil industry career.

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