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How to get a job on oil rig and keep it

In fact, there are many employment opportunities for job seekers who would like to get job on oil rigs. Oil & gas industry is one of the biggest employers and job providers in the world. From the other hand, the upstream sector of oil & gas industry is also one of the most secluded employment market for the greenhand job seekers to penetrate. Still, oil drilling and oilfield servicing companies are constantly in need of seamen, painters, catering specialists, engineers, electricians, welders, safety instructors and safety coordinators, medics, helicopter pilots, oil rig managers, pipefitters, technical divers, scaffolders, crane operators, and the whole host of people of all imaginable and unimaginable trades, the list of oil rig jobs could go on and on endlessly. The salaries on oil rigs, both land based oil production installation and offshore platforms, drillships and modu's are very high, but the requirements go hand in hand with the salaries there. Hence is a big workforce turnover that results in permanent employment of new rig workers and specialists, many of whom are new to the oil production industry and so don't have experience. Some of the inexperienced do manage to get their foot in the door, the others fail. We hope the information found across web pages of this website will help candidates for lucrative positions in oil rigs evaluate their odds of getting job placement realistically, and either quit or double your efforts to get your very first job on oil rigs.

Requirements for getting a job on oil rigs

Regardless of the position you would like to get employed to work in on the oil rigs, the very first thing to do should be preparing a neatly and intelligently written CV/Resumé. There are several companies that can write a Resumé for you on order for a reasonable fee, or you can find a sample standard Resumé on the Internet and adjust it to your own past experience and your available education, training, skills, and certifications that might give you hand over the other greenhand oil rig job seekers, who apply for the same position.


Once you have prepared your Resumé, the second thing you need to do to get a job on an oil rig, must be passing a medical examination. You also have to pass drug screening tests and will be asked to answer different questions about your history. It is always best to answer all those questions in an honest and sincere manner.


Minimum age limit, at which someone becomes eligible for working on oil rigs in the USA, Canada, NZ, Australia, UK, Saudi Arabia, UK, as well as in the most of other countries around the world, is 18 years old. This means that you have to comply with this requirement before you file your application with an authorized recruiter or HR department of an oil drilling contractor.


As for educational requirements, it is your ability to do the job, not your credentials employers on oil rigs are after. This is because entry-level jobs like Roustabout, Floorhand, Leasehand, Painter, Rope Access Technician, Steward in catering department say nothing of a Galleyhand or a Dishwasher do not require any formal education, just good health, physical endurance and strong motivation to work hard in exchange for excellent salary oil rigs pay even to their entry-level workers. Strong wish to get promoted is encouraged in oil rigs. If you are an ambitious individual who does his/her best to pick up new skills, learn new things, and spend your leaves on shore on getting education or attending industry related courses/programs, promotion won't leave long to wait for.

Training, Certification

The are various Coast Guard approved courses and programs that could be very useful within the terms of increasing rig worker's odds to get promoted quickly to positions that are less demanding physically, while offering better salary. After all, it's the money workers on oil rigs are ultimately after, and that's why they agree to dirty jobs like Roughneck or Roustabout, where the salaries are really fantastic compare to entry level jobs in other industries that don't require previous experience.

There are lots of people who are eager to get a job on oil rigs that don't have any previous experience at all. But you need to know that even if previous experience boosts your chances to get job significantly, no one can ever promise you the you'll be hired, since competition on oil rig employment workforce market never subsides, and currently candidates have to fight for job as ruthlessly and mercilessly, as ever. If you apply for a position of Roustabout, be ready to compete without any discounts with applicants without experience who too have every reason to count they'd be hired even for offshore oil rig positions just because HR people or recruiters figured out those greenhand candidates are exactly those people, who you could teach the necessary skills quickly and painlessly. The main thing that decision makers take into account, while making a choice in your favor, is your estimated ability to learn things quickly as you go, learning from co-workers with just a bit of the instruction.

Working schedule and working hours on oil rigs

The working hours on oil rigs are comparatively longer that in other industries. In average an oil rig worker or employee has to work 80-100 hours a week. Since oil production never stops, except for the time of disaster or oil rig breakdown or wreckage, the work aboard oil rigs is organized by shifts. Before getting down to work on oil rigs, you have to prepare yourself both physically and psychologically. This kind of work required frequent travelling, especially if your job location is offshore. There will be moments, when you'll find yourself far away from home, family, and friends for weeks, even for months. Oil rig work environment is harsh, sometimes you get exposed to extreme weather or climate conditions and find yourself in stressful situations. But if you are in good form, it won't take much time to get adjusted and begin performing on your workplace to the best of your employer's expectations. Work on oil rigs is by rotation periods, that's standard for the industry. You may have to work one or even two months in a row, and then have the same amount of paid leave on shore. In Norway offshore oil rig job holders enjoy even better rotation schedule: they work 1 month offshore, and then have 3 months off. I.e., they work only 4 months a year, while the remaining 9 months they are free to use up to what they desire - isn't it paradise? Median salary for entry-level Roustabouts, Painters, Scaffold on oil rigs stay somewhere in the range of 40 - 50 k USD.

Jobs on offshore platforms are justly considered much more demanding than on mainland rigs. Consider this before deciding to go offshore. The offshore oil rig salaries are better, but work and life aboard offshore oil rigs can be at times frustrating, not to say dangerous.

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