American Oil Jobs

American Oil Jobs

Jobs & Greater Oil Independence for America

The oil and gas industry wants to scan the sea floor and the layers below along the eastern coastline of the USA, using seismic testing to see how accurate (or not) the estimates are and to locate the best spots for their drilling rigs.

American Oil Jobs – South Carolina

There could be much more oil and natural gas under the east coast of America than previously thought.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is working with 30 year old estimates, so for instance, the estimate for South Carolina of 52 million barrels equivalent a day could actually prove to be much higher. This in turn could mean many more oil rig jobs that will need to be filled than are currently anticipated.  In this state alone, this could mean nearly 5000 more jobs, some of which could be jobs with no experience necessary.

However, not everyone agrees the jobs and the likely tax revenues are worth the potential environmental impact of an oil spill. Since 2010 and the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the oil industry has learned many lessons and has worked hard to reduce the impact of spills.  For instance they’ve developed a new capping process that would stop the flow of oil much quicker (days instead of months) should a well blow out deep under the ocean floor.  They’ve formed a group that audits the safety measures on drilling platforms, thereby ensuring greater safety for workers and equipment on the offshore rigs.

American Oil Jobs – Gulf of Mexico

And, we have to put what happened at the Deepwater Horizon platform in perspective – only 1 well has experienced such a disaster despite there being over 44,000 wells currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

In order to improve America’s self-reliance on home-grown oil reserves, the oil industry wants the federal government to bring forward, from 2017 to 2015, the opening of the east coast for exploration and production.  Many people surveyed are for offshore drilling since that would add many more engineering jobs, plus many other jobs on the rigs and in supporting industries and onshore services.

It’s always a tough choice – jobs and greater energy independence verses the potential of environmental impact on wildlife and/or disasters through spills, leaks, explosions, etc. but who wants to see the lights go out?

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Wanted – Unskilled Labor to Work Offshore

Don’t have a degree or experience, but looking for a good paying job?

You may qualify, particularly if you’ve worked in construction or on fishing boats, for one of the many unskilled offshore jobs offered on oil rigs. The positions involved with the drilling are the roustabouts and roughnecks, but many of other departments of the oil and gas industry also offer unskilled work.  Kitchen work or catering and housekeeping jobs are also in the category of unskilled labor on offshore oil platforms.

Roustabouts and Roughnecks

On an offshore oil rig, these position are common ones that people, looking for unskilled offshore jobs, go for. Duties include helping the drillers and other workers, as well as doing the maintenance, cleaning, moving equipment, painting and rust removal, etc.

Roustabouts are onboard most offshore oil platforms in places like the North Sea off the coast of the Britain, Shetland isles, Norway and the Netherlands, along the coastlines of the US and further out to sea, in various locations in Africa, Russia, the Middle East, etc.

If you do well, learning what you need to know plus what other people do, you can move up the career ladder and into many other jobs within the oil and natural gas industry.Roustabout Jobs

A roughneck, also called a floorhand, works in the drilling department of the offshore oil rig. The job involves hard physical labor working with pipes, hydraulics, clips, other equipment and various types of machinery.

You’ll be working long hours, doing shifts of probably 12 hours a day for 2-3 weeks, without any days off. You’ll need to be strong, with lots of stamina, a strong work ethic and the willingness to do hard, dirty physical labor. You’ll also have to be willing to be away from home for weeks at a time or you won’t do well in this job.

Other Unskilled Jobs Working Offshore

When it comes to other kinds of jobs that don’t involve the same degree of hard physical labor, why not take a look at offshore cooking or catering as a career? There is always a need for catering and housekeeping positions since all workers need to eat to keep up their strength.  And, out in the middle of the ocean, after having done a 12 hour shift on the drilling rig, there’s not much else to do, so to keep morale high, the food is good and plentiful and the beds are clean and comfortable. For these jobs you may be able to transfer skills you’ve gained while working in a similar position in a fast-paced hotel or restaurant.

How to apply for offshore jobs

If you are looking for these or other kinds of unskilled but well paid positions, you can find them in several different ways. You could apply in person at the headquarters of the oil or gas drilling companies, or you could search for the recruitment agencies that specialize in filling these types of jobs. Or, you could go online to search and apply for oil job vacancies.

Since petroleum and natural gas are needed by the whole world, this global industry is always looking for good people to fill these positions. Come like us and follow us on Facebook.



3 Vital Elements in Applying For Offshore Oil Rig Jobs

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There are two things that can make your life easier or harder when applying for offshore oil rig jobs:

  • Getting into the oil industry, means you have to be patient and persistent.  It takes time and effort to get an oil rig job, so having a well worked out structure for your oil career job search will make a big difference to your success.
  • Avoid disappointment by not applying to huge companies like BP, ExxonMobil, Shell or ChevronTexaco, etc. because they use agency staff for their catering, drilling and some other departments, but particularly entry level positions. Use your time better by applying to companies that own and operate their drilling rigs and platforms, supply vessels, helicopters, etc.

Once you have developed your plan of action and your list of companies to apply to, you need to be aware of the 3 vital elements in applying for offshore oil rig jobs.

1.  Your Resume or CV is Your First (and Possibly, Your Last!) Chance to Sell Yourself.

  • Set yours apart from the pack – Oil companies receive hundreds of resumes (CV’s) every week, so you need to make yours stand out – this may be your only chance to make a good impression.

Using off-white or light beige paper (no other colors!) and white (letter size / A4) envelopes will set your CV and cover letter apart subtlety, as will adding a small photograph to the top of the first page of your resume.

  • Keep it short and to the point – try to get all of the important information onto one page, but if you definitely can’t, never use more than two pages.

Your CV should contain your personal information – name, address, telephone, mobile and email. Leave out sex, date of birth, nationality and marital status. Then, with most recent first, add your education with dates and name of institution, include any special training, then job history with a brief description of duties and accomplishments, skills and certifications. Lastly, add your interests/hobbies. If the company wants further details, they will ask for them.

  • References and hobbies – Because your space is limited and, again because the company will ask if they want to know, do not include references. Simply state “references available upon request”.

The hobbies or interests you put on your CV could show a potential employer that you are not a team player. So, if your favorite activities are done mostly by yourself like computer games, reading, etc., include a couple of team activities, i.e. playing football, rugby, pot holing with friends, etc.

  • Layouts – There are lots of different layouts, find a professional one and use that. It’s not necessary to have one done professionally but be sure to have someone else proof read it and correct any spelling or grammar mistakes before sending it off.

2.  The Cover Letter Sets The Stage.

A cover letter should introduce you to the reader and briefly state what you want. A good cover letter can make the difference between your letter and CV ending up in the pile of “must read” or not.  The letter should quickly grab the reader’s attention, then get to the point.  Here is an example:

Your Name, Address

& Phone Number


Employer’s Name

& Address


Dear Sir or Madam


Having completed my Basic Offshore Safety & Emergency Training in England recently, I now would like to pursue my dream of a career in the Oil Industry.

During my 14 years in the Navy, I gained considerable experience on various types of vessels including supply ships. I am a trained fire fighter and emergency responder. I also have first aid and security training.


I am a trained electrician, with 3 years experience in the building trade and while I would prefer a position as an electrician, I am very willing to start at the bottom of the ladder and work my way up. I am therefore seeking employment as a Roustabout or Catering Assistant.

My CV and copies of certificates are enclosed.

Sincerely yours

Harry Jones


Enc: CV and copies of training certificates

Now, you’re ready to send out your letters and resumes. Or you could use a CV submission service that will send your CV to multiple companies.

Rigworker is such a CV submission service. They charge a one-time fee of $59.75 and although they can’t guarantee you a job, they certainly can make the process much easier and you don’t have to come up with all those addresses!

3.  Your Follow Up Is Critical.

  • Two weeks or so after sending off your CV and cover letter, telephone the company and ask if they received your employment packet. They may have to rummage through the pile to find it but it will bring your CV back to their attention.

You may find they haven’t had your CV or it’s been misplaced, immediately offer to send another employment packet (CV, cover letter, copies of certificates, etc.).  Ask for the name of the person you should send it to. Then send it out that day, with your cover letter addressed to the name you got.

If they do have your CV, ask if they have filled the vacancy and if not, when they are likely to do so. Be brief and very polite, thank them for their time and if you get the opportunity ask for the name of the person who will be making the hiring decision.  That’s the person you’ll ask for the next time you phone.

If you’ve sent your CV in on spec. or for a specific vacancy and they have got it, you may get the statement that they will add it to their database or something that you feel is negative feedback. Don’t be discouraged, this usually happens. Remember they don’t yet know what a great guy you are!

  • After that first phone call, follow up with a phone call or email every two weeks or so. This is to keep your name in the front of their minds but be careful not to annoy them. Keep your phone calls brief and to the point – you’re just touching base. Over time, you will develop a relationship with the person you talk to and when the next vacancy comes up, she/he is likely to think of you. You know the old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” or the job in this case.

  • Keep track of all of your follow up efforts – when you made contact, to which company and who you spoke to (write their names on your log and be sure to thank them for their time).
  • If you’re not getting anywhere by sending in your CV and are willing to make the trip, go to Great Yarmouth or Aberdeen and visit a number of oil drilling, oil production or other oil services companies, and don’t forget to include the oil recruitment (employment) companies. Take your CV and cover letter in personally and introduce yourself. You never know, you just may be in the right place at the right time when someone has just quit!

Tip: If you’re unemployed or ex-military and in the United Kingdom, ask at the Job Centre if you can get help with the cost of photocopying, stamps, envelopes and phone calls. Also, you can join job clubs that will give you some of these services for free.

In Conclusion

Entry Level Oil Rig Jobs and Oil Rig Job Openings

To get an oil industry job, you have to become obsessed with doing what you need to do.  Here’s a summary of the main events:

  • Do your basic survival course and get your certificate,
  • Get, or at least apply for, your medical certificate,
  • Put together a CV that paints, in words, a really good picture of who you are,
  • Prepare your cover letter, briefly highlighting your skills and what you can do for a potential employer,
  • Learn about the oil industry and the companies that have the jobs you want. Get organised about keeping the information you get on each company – this will come in handy when preparing for the interview.
  • Keep track of your follow-ups by putting together a log of all your efforts,
  • Keep in regular touch with the companies you’ve sent your CV to (keep the contact brief, it’s counter-productive to irritate the person who answers the phone!),
  • Talk (network) with everyone you can about which oil drilling company is recruiting and who to talk to.

Developing a plan of action, getting together an up-to-date list of companies to contact or registering with a CV submission service, finding all the free resources you can get and factoring in the information about the 3 vital elements in applying for offshore oil rig jobs will eventually get you the job you want.  Be patient, but persistent.


 Applying For Offshore Oil Rig Jobs – Tips

Required Training for Offshore Oil Rig Workers – BOSIET & Skills Training

Required training for offshore oil rig workers includes the basic offshore survival courses – BOSIET, FOET, HUET and possibly MIST (for details on these courses, see

These courses are actually an essential investment in your offshore oil career because regardless of any other qualifications, if you can put down that you already have your course certificates, you will be a much better prospect for a potential employer – you’ll show you are ready to work where as someone else will still have to take the courses.

Each country has individual standards for offshore survival and fire fighting training so check out the specific requirements for the country you’ll be working in.

Facilities in the United Kingdom where you can get the initial Offshore Survival Courses and other training you will need include:

  • Scotland – Blackpool & the Fylde College,  Tel : 01253 352352
  • Northern England – Humberside Offshore Training Assoc.,  Tel : 01482 820567
  • Aberdeen – NUTEC Centre For Safety,  Tel : 01224 725808
  • Norwich – Petans Ltd.  Tel : 01603 891255
  • Aberdeen – RGIT Montrose Limited,  Tel : 01224 899707
  • Southern England – Warwish Maritime Centre,  Tel : 01489 576161

Outside the UK, have a look on the OPITO website for the Network of Approved Training Providers –

Other courses that are both useful for offshore jobs and will get your resume (CV) noticed are ones that meet OPITO (Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization) standards. (Check the OPITA website for a complete list of trainers by country.)

Having training in any of the following (plus others) will greatly improve your chances of oil rig employment.

  • hoisting and lifting operations,
  • hoisting and rigging safety,
  • NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) technician,
  • laying pipe,
  • oil rig operations,
  • pipe fitter,
  • painter,
  • rigger & electrician, especially IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) trained,
  • scaffolder,
  • steel erector,
  • tower and derrick builder,
  • welder (colour coded),
  • winching.

Since health and safety are always a priority on offshore oil rigs and vessels, having training in first aid, CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), manual handling, risk assessment, abrasive wheels safety, slinger signalman/slinger banksman and supervisory roles will certainly give you skills employers are always looking for.

In America, if you’ve done some of the OSHA courses and HAZMAT training, you will be far more valuable to any potential employer.

Alongside the required training for offshore oil rig workers such as BOSIET, HUET and FOET, there are others such as comprehensive Europe-wide courses that will enable you to work in all North Sea sectors. It is becoming more common for people, ‘green hands’, to gain specific skills for oil and gas jobs prior to applying for any oil vacancies.  The better skilled you are, the more valuable you will be to any potential oil company employer.


BOSIET & Skills Training – Required Training for Offshore Oil Rig Workers

Entry Level Oil Rig Jobs No Experience

Entry level oil rig jobs, no experience, often start at between $790 and $1580 (£500-£1000) per week. General laborers, oil rig roustabouts and roughnecks can earn around $1100 (£700) per week, while dishwashers and galley hands earn around $950 (£600) per week on offshore oil and gas rigs. Cleaner/painters, oilers, deckhands, and welder helpers plus others, are among the entry level oil rig positions that earn good money without having any experience.

With lots of openings for work in offshore oilfields, men and women are needed for oil rig catering staff including chefs, cooks, bakers, kitchen helpers and cleaners to feed the crews and keep the oil drilling rigs clean and tidy.  There are plenty of opportunities for women, have a look at some of the articles about women joining the oil rig ranks on our other websites.

Yes, there are still lots of entry level job vacancies with no previous offshore experience required for both men and women on offshore oil and gas rigs.  People with skills such as electricians, engineers, mechanics are currently much in demand and are earning very good wages in the UK plus many other places worldwide.

Entry Level Oil Rig Jobs No ExperienceWho Wants These Oil & Gas Jobs?

Entry level roustabout jobs or catering jobs or any of the many other jobs on the oil rigs, appeal to all sorts of people – musicians, bankers, businessmen, university graduates, ex-servicemen, lawyers, farmers, ministers, medical personnel, laborers, etc., maybe even someone like YOU.  If you’re looking for an interesting career, opportunities to better yourself, job security and good pay, look no further than a career in the oil and gas industry working on the offshore oil and gas rigs.

For your turn to celebrate, join the experienced oil men and women on offshore drilling rigs in the North Sea, on the UK continental shelf, in the UK waters off Aberdeen, and all over the globe.

What’s It Like to Work on The Rigs?

Yes, the work is hard.  There are jobs that aren’t as tough as those on the rig platform, like electricians, mechanics or catering and housekeeping, but as long as you’re in physical condition that’s good or above, with a strong work ethic and willing to work as part of a team, you’ll fit in just fine.

The pay, benefits and career opportunities are great. If you’re willing to work hard, you can move from an entry level job with no prior oil or gas field experience to making over $100,000+ or £65,000+ / a year.  Don’t forget this is the pay for working only 6 months out of 12 – think what you could do working 2 week on, with 2 weeks off.

Because most of the offshore oil drilling platforms are a long way from shore, you’ll be working and living on the oil rigs but don’t worry, the food is good, the accommodation is well kept and your off-time facilities often include a canteen, gym, sauna, computers with Internet connection, videos, computer games, snooker, pool, films, etc.     What Do You Need to Get One of These Offshore Jobs?

Health: for working offshore you have to be in good physical condition, often able to life at least 50lbs., and able to pass a drugs test.

Education & Qualifications: Most of the entry level oil rig jobs don’t need any formal education beyond high school or the equivalent. There are lots of jobs that do require more education but these won’t be entry level positions.

Job & Life Experience: Lots of what you’ve done in your life will be transferrable, for instance if you’ve worked on a fishing vessel or on a construction site, it will be easier to get a roustabout oil job or roughneck rig job. If you’ve had experience as a mechanic, welder, plumber, fitter, or scaffolder, etc. that will really help you get an oil rig job – these skills are very much in demand right now.

If you’ve been in the services, skills like diesel mechanics, engine room mechanics, motor transport fitters, etc. plus having worked as part of a team and learned to take orders will greatly improve your chances.  Because the crews need to be fed regularly, jobs in catering and housekeeping are also always in demand.

If They Can Get a Job, Then Why Can’t YOU?

It’s really important showing that you have the interest and ambition to learn and do the job of roustabout, roughneck, welder, cook etc. and, once you’ve learned a few new skills and gotten some experience, you’ll be ready to move on in your oil and gas industry career.

Getting the information you need about the lifestyle, the job, the company and the industry will all help in making the right impression on the recruiter. Although many employers actually provide the safety and survival training as well as the marine fire fighting courses and the offshore drilling on-the-job training, getting some initial training before even applying for a job shows the kind initiative that people trying to fill the offshore drilling job vacancies are looking for.

At the moment entry level oil rig jobs, no experience are plentiful, so what’s stopping you from getting in there while the getting is good?

Entry Level Oil Rig Jobs No Experience – Gulf of Mexico Offshore Jobs

Specific Entry Level Oil Jobs Available Now

Statistics show that currently there is a shortage of workers to fill oil drilling rig positions and that over the next decade, many of the people currently employed will be retiring.

This means that you are more likely to have significant numbers of job openings to choose from.

Rig OnshoreSome of the jobs available are in the USA and while others are overseas.

There are oil jobs in Alaska, as well as oil jobs in North Dakota and oil jobs in Texas. These are both offshore and onshore positions.

Offshore jobs often pay more because of the conditions – they are often more arduous and located on oil rigs sometimes far out to sea. The onshore jobs are at facilities on land and therefore pay somewhat less than offshore, but will still be higher paying positions than in other industries.

Some Entry Level Oil Jobs To Consider

Helpers: This job starts at around 35K a year. They are responsible for getting rid of rust, painting, washing, transportation, loading supplies and working with the heavy equipment.

Maintenance Roustabout: This job starts are around $47,000. They are mostly responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the decks, as well as doing some of the rig painting. Continue reading

Oil Jobs Requiring Little Or No Experience

Offshore oil rig jobsOther oil jobs with little or no experience required includes offshore entry level IT jobs, catering jobs and entry level construction jobs.

The best way to apply for these jobs is to go directly to the company you want to work for and speak with their human resources department. You could get hired on the spot if things are super busy and they are in need of workers.

Or you could send in a resume.  However be sure your resume is easy to read and add a cover letter saying what job you are applying for and explaining what makes you an excellent choice for the job even though you have little or no experience.

Since the format oil and gas companies want the resume in is often different from the norm, check their websites for what the company wants and follow their procedures. If you don’t, they could easily think that since you didn’t follow their policies, you won’t be the right type of employee either.

There are lots of websites for offshore job resume writing and recruiting.  These can help you in your quest for offshore employment. They often specialize in helping people just like you to get hired for their dream future in an offshore career.  Do be careful about scams, some sites charge up front fees so check out what you get before giving them any money. Continue reading

Wanting Oil Jobs But Have No Experience?

Even if you keep getting the run-around because you have little to no experience working in the oil business, you can still find a good job. Yes, there are some of these oil jobs where no experience is necessary.  You can apply for offshore entry level jobs but you must know exactly what to do in order to get one.

What Kinds Of Jobs Are Out There?

One of the best things to do is apply for work on an oil rig that is based on land if you haven’t got any experience. There are usually roustabout jobs available- a roustabout is a general laborer. Once in that job, you can work your way up the line to other jobs such as roughneck, where you would supervise the roustabouts. Other jobs higher up, include derrick hand and driller; these pay higher than the roustabout oil jobs and have more responsibility.Onshore Refinery

Some jobs in oil require a suitable technical certificate such as for electricians or mechanics but having any kind of skilled training could very well net you a job on an oil rig. Or, if you like to cook, there’s always room for cooking jobs on offshore drilling rigs. Perhaps you have some medical training, there is a need for paramedics, nurses and doctors as well. Of course, these may need that certificate or diploma, but they also pay better too. Continue reading

Getting An Oil Job With No Experience

How do I apply for oil and gas industry jobs?

One thing is sure, working on an oil rig or in some of the oilfield jobs is no picnic and it’s only for someone who is serious about hard work and knows the basic safety standards. With all the activity and heavy duty machinery onboard an oil rig, there’s great potential for accidents and injury! Most of these jobs require that you have basic safety and first aid training, so be sure to check the company’s requirements before applying.

Oil jobs with no experience needed, may not require previous work experience on an oil rig, but they do expect everyone they hire to have plenty of common sense.

Getting An Oil Job With No ExperienceHow do you get hired for these jobs, or even get the attention of the people doing the hiring for oil jobs with no experience needed?

Some experts say:

• Create your own resume webpage to introduce yourself and that paper resumes are worthless in this industry.
• Others say to visit some of the companies and talk to the people there to see what jobs may be available.
• Use recruiter services that specifically help people get oil jobs. These places will help you put together the online resume and then make sure it gets seen by hundreds of oil and gas companies who are looking for people just like you. Continue reading

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