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Are you adventurous?

To be successful in seeking offshore or oil rig job, you must be willing to do what average and ordinary people are not willing to do. Offshore work is not for everyone. It requires that you be away from home. It involves long and hard hours, working in all kinds of weather and conditions as well as in some dangerous situations. Being 100 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico in the middle of a hurricane is frightening and adventurous at the same time.

Do you like to travel and see the parts of the world never seen by most people?

In the offshore industries, many travel opportunities exist as part of the job. You may find yourself posted to such countries as Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, the UK or Indonesia. Working in other countries than the US or Canada can be more rewarding. These offshore jobs may have larger security risks which results with a larger pay.

Are you in good physical health?

Yes, oil field work is hard, at the same time it is very rewarding in terms of job security, ability to see travel and experience things not seen or experienced by ordinary people as well as an opportunity to better oneself. Yes, you must be in good physical shape and are willing to work really hard to take up the increased work load.

Do you like to work with people from all over the world?

As an offshore oil rig employee, you will be working with Americans, Mexicans, Africans, Spaniards, Brazilians, Norwegians, Dutchmen, Englishmen, Philippines and Australians

Do you like to get a good pay and benefits without having to get a PHD?

Offshore workers come from all walks of life: farmers, lawyers, preachers, musicians, bankers, businessmen, laborers, college graduates, high school dropouts, medical personnel, retired military personnel, male and female alike. You will find one of every kind in the oil field – you can get an offshore oil field job without needing to have advanced degrees.

A person starting at the bottom of the food chain without any previous oil field experience can make from $40,000 to $60,000 a year, and that is for working only six months out of the year. Where else can you get such a job without having a college education?

Entry-level positions start at $700 to $1,000 per week. Dishwashers and BR hands (who wash dishes, sweep and mop floors, put up inventory and do general house-cleaning in the living quarters) earn $700 per week.
Roustabouts (general laborers) earn $900 to $1100 per week. Other entry level positions are deckhands, oilers, welder helpers, cleaner painters and so on; and there are currently plenty of openings.

Good companies will provide major medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, 401 K programs and profit sharing.

Conversations with an Offshore Job Seeker

I recently had the following conversation with a job seeker through FaceBook, who is looking for an offshore oil job. I thought this conversation may be useful for other job seekers. The name of the person is changed for privacy. The content is edited for brevity, spelling and grammar.
offshore oil job seeker

offshore oil job seeker

Raj (Job Seeker): Hi!

Me: Hello Raj. How are you?

Raj: I am doing well, thank you.

Me: Welcome to the offshore job group on FaceBook.

Raj: I am looking to join offshore like oil rig or oilfield. I have CDC (Continuous Discharge Book) and done STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) courses.

I want to join offshore work in offshore vessels. I would like to join offshore as a Seaman or Roustabout or something like that.

Me: OK

Raj: Now I have a job. But want to go offshore.

Me: What are you doing now?

Raj: I am in India, doing a sales job. Not related to ships or offshore. I am 32 years old.

Me: Why do you like to [...]

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How do I get an offshore oil job without any offshore experience?

Question: How do I get an offshore oil job without any offshore experience? No offshore company seems to want to take on anybody without experience but then how am I supposed to gain experience!

There are many ways to get into an offshore oil job. Contacts do matter for an offshore oil rig job. If you can reach out to any or all your friends and relatives to find someone who is currently working or recently worked in the offshore industry will give you your first break into an offshore oil rig job.

I tried, I don’t know anyone in the industry, what can I do now?

Getting offshore drilling job without experience

Getting offshore drilling job without experience – Image Courtesy: Flickr

One approach is to focus on an entry level job which doesn’t require any experience. This can work in some cases. But it can be hard because there are so many people trying to get into this lucrative job.

Here is a clever guerrilla approach:

If you are willing to try a very successful guerrilla approach, here is what you [...]

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Types of offshore Oil Rig Jobs and their requirements

Before you decide to start a career in this industry, one needs to keep in mind certain criteria like health, age, experience, education and interests. The job requires you to be in good physical condition, and you need to pass certain medical examinations. Although the average age is 27 for offshore jobs, you can apply for coast guard or drilling contractor positions if you are less than 18. Experience in a particular field will help you to gain a better position and wage, but by and large, no previous experience or skill is required to be hired.

Please read this great article from Tony Jacowski.

Offshore Oil Rig Jobs

Author: Tony Jacowski

Job Requirements

Working offshore is not for everyone. The job requires you to travel and be away from home and your family. It is a hard and dangerous task that has to be accomplished in harsh weather conditions. On the other hand, growth opportunities are tremendous. Starting salary for a person with no previous experience is anything between $40,000 to $60,000 annually and that too for working only for six months in a year.

Once the workers have [...]

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How to get an entry level job in offshore oil industry

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Offshore Oil Platform

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Acquiring Oil Drilling Jobs – A Guide For Novices

Author: Russ Simmons

For those seeking to land entry level drilling jobs in the energy business, roustabout jobs are a great location to start. It is essential to be in top physical condition prior to beginning a job like this, as you will be needed to carry and deal with equipment and tools that can weigh a great deal, and transport them about the offshore oil platforms. You are able to also look forward to working with the crane operator and rigging crew to load and unload supplies, helping out the welders and electricians, or assisting in other work, if you are lucky.

When oil rig workers are just getting started, it is critical that they bring to the table great team work abilities. When on the offshore platforms, you’re usually working two to four weeks in a row, and so need to be able to obtain along well with other under what are frequently stressful conditions. [...]

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Toolpusher

Toolpusher () — Employer: ChangeRecruitment-UK — Job City: — Job State/Province/Territory: — From: ChangeRecruitment-UK, Posted 6 days ago — Change International are currently looking for an experienced Toolpusher to work on a Jack Up which is currently Drilling in the Persian Gulf on a 28/28 rotation.

This is the ideal job for someone who has been Drilling on a conventional Jack Up , Semi or Drill-Ship and is looking for the chance to work internationally

The successful Toolpusher should meet the below requirements:

- 18 months at…

Conventional Jack-Up Driller

Conventional Jack-Up Driller () — Employer: NJF Blacksheep — Job City: — Job State/Province/Territory: — From: Rigzone.com, Posted 3 days ago — Only those with experience as a Conventional Jack-up Driller need apply!

1+ years of Driller experience on a conventional jack-up

Will accept those currently on LAND that have sufficient Jack-Up experience.

Marine Specialist

Marine Specialist () — Employer: Global Petroleum Business & Trading Est. — Job City: — Job State/Province/Territory: — From: Rigzone.com, Posted 6 hours ago — Principal Accountabilities

a) Inspects project vessels / spreads, prior to their entry into the fields, in order to ensure their conformity with safety and specification standards and advises for the preparation of marine entry permits.

b) Assists and supports during emergencies involving fire-fighting, anti-pollution, search and rescue operations.

c) Monitors the major work carried out at dry…