How the lack of STEM grads is holding back oil and gas

The energy sector has long been a major employer of engineers, as well as one of the best paid industries in which to pursue a career. Despite this, the industry is facing a shortfall in STEM grads, making oil and gas companies slow to embrace the digital future.

In The Engineer’s 2015 Salary Survey, oil and gas topped the salary table for junior engineers, with an average paypacket of £35,566. But like all industry sectors, oil and gas is struggling to adapt in the face of the STEM skills gap. The infographic below outlines how data is changing the industry, what that means for the workforce of tomorrow, and why the west may soon be playing second fiddle to Russia.

If you’re interested in working in oil and gas, check out The Student Engineer’s career guide for the sector.

The future for oil and gas