Careers in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted on October 18, 2011


by the Petroleum Landman Institute

Energy companies hire “landmen” to perform various services related to oil and gas acquisitions. Skills that the men and women who work in the profession develop include negotiating skills, basic knowledge of real estate law, and the ability to read and review titles and other documents related to land ownership and use.

Many landmen end up specializing in one particular area of the profession as a whole. Examples of specializations are titles and leases, surface land management, onshore and offshore contracts, the various aspects of mineral property, and federal land use.

Related positions in the field of oil and gas include land brokers, land agents, project coordinators, and seismic permit agents. Landmen will frequently become certified in one or more of these areas as well, which then allows them to switch between work as a landman and other types of work within the energy industry.

Professional associations for men and women working as landmen include the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Los Angeles Association of Professional Landmen. More groups, based on specific regions, are located in Houston, the Tri-State area, Austin, Dallas, Wyoming, Texas, and Denver. Belonging to these groups allows the men and women involved in the oil industry to network with each other, exchanging their experiences working with particular companies and sharing knowledge of their area of expertise within the landman profession. 

About the Author:

Considered one of the leading schools in the nation for training as a professional landman, the Petroleum Institute is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the school, professionals like David Murphy, CEO of Murphy Energy Resources, and Andrew Barry, Senior Attorney for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, share their expertise gained from working in the oil and gas industry. Courses at the school cover topics like oil and gas Lease acquisitions, seismograph operations and seismic equipment, and the legal issues that cane arise during work in the oil and gas industry. For more information, call (225) 445-4250.

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