I'm not a petroleum engineer, and most likely neither are you. Too bad, because if we were, our services would really be in demand right now. The oil and gas industry is clamoring to attract -- and keep -- top talent. As they battle it out for the best employees, investors need to know which companies are offering the best packages.

In the slideshow below we'll take a look at what the job market looks like for oil and gas employees, and how ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) is establishing itself as the preeminent company to work for in the industry, while fellow energy players Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) follow close behind.

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