Getting An Entry Level Oil Job Can Change Your Life

To obtain a highly paid job in the oil industry you have to start somewhere.

The usual method of entry is as a roustabout.  Showing the right attitude and aptitude means you can progress quickly to a roughneck’s job and beyond.  Some workers with no experience started on the first rung of the ladder and have actually progressed to becoming the CEO of the oil company.

Now there’s a challenge for you!

You’ve come to the right place if -
•    you are out of work,
•    you are considering a change in your career, or
•    you are looking for something more lucrative and challenging.

Large Oil PlatformIf you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a new career, using all your skills and enjoying a satisfying job that gives you a real sense of accomplishment, then you need to take  a good look at a job in the oil industry.

There are so many different jobs to choose from and the oil industry is expected to employ upwards of 85,000 deep sea drilling workers in 2012.

Oil rig jobs pay well, especially those located in deep water offshore. They often pay at least twice as much as the same land-based job.

Even without direct oil rig experience, there are ways of getting hired for oil rig jobs, both onshore and offshore.

1.    Do you have any transferable trade skills or experience which would be relevant and useful to one of the jobs on the rig?  For example: are you a welder, a mechanic or an electrician?

2.    Do you have a qualified speciality, with certification, like being a paramedic or registered nurse or even a Microsoft certified IT engineer?

No Experience At All?

oil rig supply shipThere are still options even if you have no relevant or transferrable work experience. Get your foot in the door by applying for a job as a steward, galley hand or roustabout.

The work galley hands and stewards do is mostly indoors. They do the cleaning, laundry and help with the cooking and serving. Advancement from these jobs may be limited, but people with ambition can move into other jobs within the catering/housekeeping department or can move into other departments from here.

People with related experience could have an advantage, for example having worked in similar jobs on cruise liners.

Why does a roustabout need experience? Being one is, after all, about being in very good physical condition, with plenty of guts and a strong work ethic, common sense and the willingness to follow orders.

In reality, though, you need some experience in a related job, such as being –
•    a construction laborer,
•    a dock worker,
•    a trawler fisherman,
•    a sailor in the Navy or a soldier in the Forces, or
•    a land-based drilling rig roustabout.

The reasoning behind this is that you need to know what it is like to work outside in all kinds of weather, to know how to handle taking orders and doing heavy labor.  It would be even better if you had some knowledge of what it’s like to live and work at sea, combined with the experience of doing the heavy work involved with one of the jobs mentioned above.  With that combination, convincing an oil or gas exploration and production company to hire you would be that much easier.

This doesn’t necessarily leave you out if you’ve only just graduated from high school. When oil companies are busy and looking for lots of workers, it’s always easier to find and talk to a hiring manager, get an interview, and get the opportunity to talk him into giving you a chance.  This takes a bit of luck and some courage, but it is possible.

Entry Level Oil Rig Jobs No ExperienceTo have more options of getting hired on oil rigs for those who make their own luck, signing on as a sailor in the Coast Guard or Navy will give you a chance to pick up all sorts of skills and work as the type of sailor whose experience is transferrable when their service is finished.  If, for instance, as a sailor you acquired skills and experience in welding and operating the radio, you could pick the job you wanted – radio operator, roustabout or oil rig welder – from the options available.  Land-based oil rig options would be within reach, and promotions to roughneck, derrick man and driller would probably come sooner as well.

Oil Companies Are Strict About Drugs

An offshore oil rig is a very complicated high tech working environment involving machinery that costs billions of dollars to build and set up.  With that kind of investment and an operating cost of $3 million dollars every week, workers on the rigs have to live and breathe safety. If an accident happens, operations can be stopped for days or weeks and could cost the oil company millions of dollars in repairs, lost profits and penalties.

One reason for oil drilling contractors being so strict about checking potential workers for drug and alcohol use is that a careless or incapacitated worker could easily cause injury or death to himself and others.  This would result in the company losing considerable time and money, with work stopped while investigators looked into the causes of such an accident.


Since the future of the oil industry is drilling in deep waters, getting a high paying job on a deep water oil rig shouldn’t be a big problem.  However it does take patience, persistence and some serious planning.
•    You may have to take jobs that are at levels and pay lower than you want at the moment.
•    You may have to figure out how to fill in your experience gaps, then go do it.
•    You may have to use all of your charm and persuasion to talk someone into giving you a chance to prove yourself.
•    You will definitely have to work hard, gain experience and skill in order to move up.

If you are ready to do all of that, there are many ways to get oil rig jobs with little or no experience.

Oil Rig Jobs No Experience – Entry Level Oil Rig Jobs

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