Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Shredmonton Illberta
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What is your area of specialty?
As mentioned people are getting laid off like mad up here, although early projections are that oil will hit rock bottom over the next month or two and bounce back up to ~$65-75/barrel by the end of the year.
That said, the only reason to work in AB is to make money. If you are an engineer you most certainly will if you get your foot in the door. My cousin builds software for improving process efficiencies in ft. mcmurray, and says it's a different world up there. Basically a huge, unskilled labour force making more than your average doctor, meaning employee turnaround is ridiculous and camp life sucks.
I would look to get a job with a big firm in Calgary/Edmonton, but again it depends on your area of specialty and education.