A career in the oil field is a completely different lifestyle from other careers. The working conditions are much harsher, more cramped and isolated than in most other careers, but the workers are increasingly well-paid for their efforts. Oil rigs can be found on both land and at sea, and are located all over the world. Oil rig workers work 12-hour shifts; many work for two weeks on the rig and then return home for two weeks. When the shift is over, workers can go on the Internet, watch movies, play video games, fish, or work out at the on-board gym. Though the working conditions are rough these rigs can feel like a second home and the variety and quality of the food is high.
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Of all the industries in the entire world the petroleum industry is about as big as they get. Therefore, there are a wide variety of employment opportunities. There are highly specialized jobs that require lots of schooling (Master’s, Ph.D) such as petroleum engineering positions or jobs in the geosciences arena. Currently, there is a major shortage of workers with training in oil exploration.
You don’t need a college education to get into the industry, however. Many jobs are entry-level or require very little specialized training whatsoever – floorhand and roughneck jobs, maintenance positions, you name it.
In general, there is a shortage of oil industry workers. There simply aren’t enough engineers, people with training in the geosciences, or people willing to do the physical work required of a roughneck or rig worker. Because of this earnings and benefits can be excellent. Many people who work oil rigs average, over the course of a year, 6 months of work and 6 months of down time. Because many work locations are remote the employer provides your room and board. Most companies also offer a generous benefits package that often includes: medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, 401K plan, profit sharing plans, vacation time, etc. People coming out of college with undergraduate or graduate degrees applicable to the petroleum industry can receive pay exceeding $60,000 per year plus signing bonuses.
Oil and gas companies tend to be located in areas where there’s lots of oil and gas. Kind of a no-brainer. In the United States many of the ‘corporate’ jobs with oil companies are in Houston, Texas, Anchorage, Alaska, Alberta, Canada, and so forth. The top oil producing countries are Saudi Arabia, Canada (because of their Oil Sands), Russia, the United States, Iran, and China. In the United States most oil comes from Texas, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and New Mexico. If you’ve heard about fracking, then you know there is a major drilling boom happening in several US states.
Oil exploration and production is pretty much a worldwide endeavor.
While it is true that accommodations on offshore oil rigs are sometimes cramped and privacy is hard to come by, many find the experience similar to their first year in college dorm, but without the homework. Rig workers eat great food in a dining area, have a place to sleep and read, and the work schedule allows for shore time. On the rig deck it’s extremely busy, noisy, and dirty.
Most oil rigs are operating 7 days per week, 365 days of the year. Depending on the size of the rig there are between three and four crews working in shift rotations. Typical shifts are 8- to 12-hours in length. Crewmembers often go 8-12 hours on and twelve hours off.
Oil industry employers put employees through extensive operations and safety training to prevent accidents and environmental damage. Worker injuries and equipment damage can result in downtime, lawsuits, poor crew morale, inefficiency, and so forth. If you’re hired to work on a rig or at a refinery or on a pipeline operation expect both initial and ongoing safety training. You will encounter routine emergency drills throughout your employment.