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Old 10-12-2017, 05:13 PM
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I am not sure if this is the best forum to be posting in Midland about. If it is not, I apologize, and would appreciate it if it would be moved to where it needs to be.

I am interested in working as an eventual in house landman in the oil and gas industry. Hopefully in the city that I am from, San Antonio, although I know I will need some experience before getting into one of the limited jobs available thereI have taken 2 semesters of college and have poor grades because I quit attending second semester to work. Anyways. I am planning to go back to school and get my GPA up so I can transfer into as good of a university as I can.

However, I have been thinking about just moving to somewhere with a lot of oil and gas play and working a low paying job while living out there until I could find either a field landman position or an analyst/land tech/land admin position. Or an assistant or anything I can to break into the industry. My question is how realistic will this be to do in the next 1-6 months? Will I have a much more difficult time getting work without a degree than some of the landmen of past had? I know it is not required to have a degree but it seems every job requires one at the very least, usually plus some prior experience.

If Midland is a bad idea would Canton/Pittsburgh/Huntington be a better move?

Thank you in advance for anybody who can help me out.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:47 PM
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Might get more info in the Texas forum.

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Old 10-16-2017, 08:15 AM
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i have done research and a lot of in-house landman working for oil companies have law degrees.I think it would be a good idea to at least get your CPL.I think you should get a degree,OP.
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:10 PM
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It would be very, very unusual indeed for an oil and gas company to hire an in-house landman who did not hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Not saying it hasn’t ever happened, but in my own experience of 37 years in the O&G business, I have never seen it happen. There are many field landmen without college degrees; however, it would be the proverbial one-in-a-million shot for such a person to catch on in-house (assuming the applicant isn’t related to the hiring authority by blood or marriage.)

Oil companies usually insist on their in-house personnel having some minimum level of educational credentials, even for their staff landmen.

Bear in mind that if you have no field experience in land work, the time to try and get on a field crew to get some experience under your belt was probably about 5 years ago. These days, field work is pretty scarce even for seasoned veterans, and most of those who are managing to stay busy are doing so in the Permian Basin. Maybe the SCOOP-STACK play in Oklahoma, also.
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