When I tell people that I' earn my living as a Professional Landman, I am always asked two questions. The first question: Don't you mean Landwoman? or Landperson? The second question: What is that?
First question: No, I mean Landman. It is not a gender specification, but it is what we do. And we are proud to be called Landmen!
Second question: It's a hard profession to explain, unless you are familiar with the oil and gas industry. Landmen research the ownership of the surface and minerals (like oil and gas) of the land that an oil and gas production company is interested in leasing to determine who owns them. Then the landman leases the minerals from the owners, and does various other tasks to make sure the company can drill for oil and gas.
I am sure you have heard how the fracking process supposedly is horrible for the environment and how it destroys water supplies. Suddenly, many are frightened of this process. Do your own research on this and make up your own mind. Discuss it with a geologist, don't just accept what you read on the internet. Here are some facts that aren't brought up in many of the debates:
(1) The fracking process has been around for many years. It was common when I first started in the oil and gas business in 1982. It is not new.
(2) The claims that the fracking chemicals "leak into the groundwater" need to be looked at skeptically. The average gas well, horizontal or not, is drilled much, much deeper than the water table.
(3) The oil and gas companies are as concerned about the environment and producing natural gas and oil as responsibly as they can. By being responsible, they can ensure production for many years, which increases their overall potential for profit. Many of these companies have employees who try to make sure that the drilling and producing process follows all of the safety protocols to protect the eniviroment.
(4) Many states, with Texas in the lead, have strict policies regarding the drilling and producing of natural gas and oil.
I love researching. I find some very interesting, odd tidbits and names that can be worked into future stories. For example, in research conducted in East Texas, I found an attorney whose actual name was Barefoot Sanders. How about that for a name? Also, in East Texas, a man's will stipulated that he would be buried on the hill with his horse and his dog, not in the family cemetary. He also insisted that his wife's family not be told when he died, because they did not like him.
I hold the Registered Professional Landman certification, which means I have years of experience and knowledge. Not many landmen take the test or become certified. If you love history, are interested in law, and have math skills, then it might be a good career for you. For more information, you can look at: