Working Conditions at Offshore Oil Rigs

by Michael Pinker on June 25, 2010

Offshore JobsAs US economy starts to recover from the crisis there is an upswing in the number of offshore jobs vacancies announced and a number of people that would like to work offshore. In other words, there is a significant increase on both sides: offshore jobs demand side and supply side. As more offshore jobs are announced, each applicant gains particular importance, since this industry has always experienced difficulty filling those positions that it provides.

It is noteworthy that offshore jobs are highly attractive in terms of salaries and working periods. An entry-level offshore job usually offers $50,000-$60,000 and this is only the beginning, because offshore workers enjoy frequent and generous salary rises, besides that offshore employees work only for six months a year. This makes offshore jobs even more attractive.

How hard is working offshore? The answer is: it is quite hard. You need to work even under bad weather conditions, stay away from your family and friends for weeks and sometimes even for months. You may even get an body injury. Working offshore means that you must have good health and you should be psychologically normal. Otherwise you may find it difficult and even depressing working under such conditions. Despite these circumstances, if you ask my opinion, whether working offshore is hard or not, I would answer that it depends on what kind of person you are. Some people find them hard, while others (including myself) believe that they are exciting and adventurous. The fact is that offshore jobs are indeed for strong people that like adventures.

Is it easy to get promoted in the offshore jobs industry? As in any other industry, if your employer sees that you fulfill your duties well and you are a reliable person then you have a really good chance to get promoted with parallel increase in remuneration.

Where can I find offshore jobs vacancies? Offshore industry is quite specific. Offshore employers rarely announce their vacancies on the popular job websites. Therefore, applicants usually have to search offshore employer’s e-mail addresses on the internet and send them their CVs. This process is highly time-consuming and tiring.

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