This emerges from a recently conducted survey carried out by Synovate on behalf of the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF).
“The fact that four out of ten young people would like a job in the oil and gas industry is very positive. With several recent discoveries, young people have realised that there will be many exciting and important tasks in the Norwegian oil and gas industry for many decades to come,” says director general Gro Brækken in OLF.
Good future prospects increase interest
Four out of ten people aged 15-19 answered yes to whether they want to work in the oil and gas industry, which is an increase of eight per cent from the previous year. When asked for how many years they think there will be jobs in the industry, the number who responded 50-100 years increased with a total of nine per cent compared with 2010.
Ninety per cent of the respondents between 15 and 19 years have a very or fairly good impression of the oil and gas industry and 99 per cent say that the industry is very or fairly important for the Norwegian economy.
Media is number one
However, the teenagers are still most interested in careers within media.
“This is nothing new. At the same time, we need to tell the young people where they can get jobs in the future and how exciting these jobs are. Engineering and natural sciences must be marketed much better. Not everyone can do art, dance and drama in this country,” says Brækken.
Hoping for engineers
“Young people consider the oil and gas industry important for the country, and have a good impression of the industry as a whole. This is important as regards future recruitment. I hope Norway can have a large generation of engineers and scientists within a few years,” says Brækken.
While young people have a very positive impression of the oil and gas industry and its future, they have limited knowledge regarding what studies and education can lead to a job in the industry. Sixty-one per cent cannot name a single discipline that can result in a job in the oil and gas industry.
“We have a very important job to do as an industry to inform young people how they can have the opportunity to become part of Norway’s most important industry. We are working continuously on this, and will get even better. At the same time, the authorities and educational institutions must contribute by providing more and better information about the importance of technology and natural science subjects,” says Brækken.