Oil Rig Jobs, Employment Trends on Oil Rigs

by Michael Pinker on February 1, 2012

Notwithstanding the global crisis and hardships that economies all over the world are encountering at the moment, there are still quite a number of offshore job opportunities. In some parts of the world there is even an increase in offshore jobs. In addition, offshore jobs are still well paid even at entry level. And the best part is that usually for these types of positions no college degree is required.

As a rule for offshore rig jobs the employer provides training in drilling and safety, as this is a prerequisite for such a job. Actually there is a shortage of skilled rig workers that is why developing skills is intrinsic and gives a better chance to get a good offshore job. However if you are a new comer you will mandatorily undergo such sort of training. Rig training is usually performed by specialized training companies, which are plenty on the market proposing competitive training courses and good prices. They both provide safety courses but also training in drilling.

It is important to note that there are some web-sites with very detailed and useful information on training courses, general information for rig workers but also for those who hope one day to become one, advice on career path and career development.

At the same time you might decide to invest your financial means and time and undertake training. This surely will give you the opportunity to get an offshore job much easier, as shortage of skilled rig workers is quite acute. With a well chosen training program you will get the recognition you deserve. Some of the training companies propose apprenticeship opportunities. Others combine both theory and practice in the classroom. There are several levels. Overall such training courses take several months. Actually, if one seeks to get an offshore job it’s quite wise to seek the improvement of skills, especially of the technical ones. At the same time if rig work is completely new for you such training will be a very good investment. Do not forget that except theory you get technical training as well. Thus at the end of the training courses you will be accordingly equipped for an offshore job. At the same time do not forget that potential employers predominantly seek and prefer workers with some knowledge and skills, rather than someone who does not have a clue about how things operate at an offshore rig.

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Applying for offshore jobs is a very good option, if you do not have good education and experience and you want to earn a good salary. Offshore jobs do pay a very good salary, even for entry-level positions. Offshore salaries start at $50,000 – $60,000 that seems very attractive for most of the people.

Offshore jobs do not require any special training or experience. If you apply for an oil rig job and get hired, offshore employer will provide necessary training for you to be able to work on offshore oil rig. As you work on the oil rig and get experience, you will have a possibility to get promoted and get a raise.

Offshore jobs are not for everybody. You must be in good health and mental condition to get to offshore rig. Also you must be ready to stay away from your family and friends for weeks and sometimes even for months. This is hard, but it is worth it, the reward is appropriate: offshore jobs pay higher salaries than any other onshore job. Some people find offshore jobs difficult, but others find it exciting and interesting.

The common mistake that people make about offshore jobs is that they think peopleOffshore Jobs employed at the oil rig only are engaged in oil extraction. This is not true. Offshore oil rig need doctors, engineers, cooks, waiters, maintenance staff and many other employees. So you can apply and get employed at the oil rig with any profession at any age. Usually the average age of offshore workers is 27 years, but if you satisfy other requirements that offshore jobs have, age is not an obstacle.

Usually offshore employers do not pose any educational requirement on offshore job applicants. This is true for most of the positions on the offshore oil rig. However there are a few positions, where education is required. Such jobs are engineer, controller and few others. Offshore employers often set up training programs to prepare new hires for working at the offshore oil rig and these training programs are free of charge.


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