Everything You Need To Know About Becoming An Oil And Gas Landman

Posted on Jul 11 2016 - 7:13pm by Editorial Staff

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As you will no doubt know, a landman is a person that carries out services for oil and gas exploration firms. A landman does all kinds of things, such as negotiating mineral rights. And they also negotiate agreements that allow oil and gas companies to start exploration.

Other duties include research and rights management. As you can imagine, there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking a career in oil and gas. Becoming a landman is one of them. If that’s something you wish to pursue, today’s blog post is for you!

The following will tell you everything you need to know about becoming an oil and gas landman:


To become a landman, having the right qualifications is crucial. In fact, it’s often a mandatory requirement that you cannot get around. Having said that, some firms might hire people and provide them with training to qualify.

There was once a time where people could apply for a job as a landman with no qualifications at all. But, such opportunities are few and far between these days. That’s because the pool of candidates for such jobs is now vast. And many of those people have the qualifications needed already.

So, what exactly do you need from an education perspective to apply for a landman job? Well, the general consensus is as follows:

  • Good general level of high school education;
  • BA (Bachelor of Arts) university degree in a business or science subject;
  • Previous commercial experience in the oil and gas industry;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Brilliant analytical and communication skills.

Getting your foot in the door

As you can appreciate, the oil and gas industry is somewhat competitive. That means that, at times, it can be hard to get a job in the industry. Still, hard doesn’t mean impossible. You just need to know what steps to take to get your foot in the door, so to speak.

Assuming you’ve got the right qualifications, one thing you can do is apply for a junior role. This could be something like a lease analyst or land technician. Why is this step important?

Well, one of the requirements to becoming a landman is to have prior industry experience. Another advantage of doing this is you get to experience what life is like working in the industry.


Next, it’s important that you do plenty of networking. Often, you’ll find that getting a landman job is easier if you know someone “on the inside.”

Of course, that won’t always work for you. If you’ve exhausted your networking options, there is still hope. You can also apply for jobs through landman brokers. Working in the oil and gas industry does require you to be somewhat social. So, if you love talking to people and are easy-going, you’ll be fine!

Get an AAPL certification

Last, but not least, you should get an AAPL certification. Doing so means that you won’t have trouble working as a landman in some states. That’s because certain parts of the country have strict regulations on those job types.

It goes without saying that you should strive to achieve the highest level of certification possible. Good luck!

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