The Digital Oilfield: How digital technologies are changing the oil industry in ND and nationwide

 Oct 01 2018
A columnist from Pennsylvania has a message that people in the Dakotas and Minnesota should hear.

It’s this: Today’s oil-and-gas job “isn’t the same petroleum job your grandfather or your father would have applied for,” wrote Pittsburgh native Salena Zito in August.

“It not only attracts computer scientists, software engineers, mathematicians, and geologists,” but it also “provides careers for locals who thought those good jobs left for good.”

Cities that think only of Google, Apple or Amazon when the talk turns to high-tech work should think again, Zito wrote.

And she’s got a point, one that holds true for the Bakken region of North Dakota.

“What we’re seeing is a total transition,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. “It’s a high-tech oilfield.”


Bismarck State College can prepare you with the skills you need to succeed in this high-tech industry.  Learn about our online offerings in Process Plant Technology and Petroleum Production Technology.