Study shows 46% of jobs in oil and gas industry filled by women in 2013

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369780095&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4074971&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369780095 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to new labor statistics, more and more women are getting hired for jobs that are typically considered as jobs fit only for men.

So far in 2013, 46 percent of jobs in the oil and gas industry went to women.

Many of the jobs are not out on oil rigs, but instead are in offices as technicians, geologists or engineers.

Experts predict the trend is due to retiring baby boomers who leave companies where they have worked for years.

The move to hire more young people could be to avoid the dreaded “great crew change”, which happens when several seasoned employees near retirement at the same time.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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