Feature - Demand for oil is rising; the time it takes for a well to reach its peak production levels has decreased from 8 years to 2 years, and the price of oil just keeps rising. All of this means that the number of wells being drilled or worked over is increasing, yet the number of experienced employees in the oil industry keeps decreasing. In fact, the Independent Petroleum Association of America estimates that 40% of the industry's skilled professionals will reach retirement age by 2010. The lack of experienced employees has reached crisis levels.

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