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Offshore Oil Drilling Jobs

Offshore Oil Drilling Jobs

The demand for crude oil and natural gas is increasing globally on an unprecedented scale. Due to the finite nature of the resource the importance of exploration and, crucially, offshore drilling technology in enabling the discovery and exploitation of new sources of oil can not be overstated and consequently qualified and experience personnel within these areas are continually being sought.

With over 3000 oil drilling rigs across the world, oil and gas drilling jobs are on the increase creating a wide range of career opportunities. The different types of oil drilling rigs are designed to work in a number of global locations and within different environments. Types of oil drilling rigs include Jack-ups,
Platforms, and Semi-submersibles drilling units (Floaters). Each requires different personnel types.

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There are a large number of entry-level drilling jobs in the oil and gas rig sector, and if you are physically fit, hard working and able to work as part of a team, the drilling job opportunities are endless. Other more technical drilling jobs may require applicants to have an undergraduate degree. Both onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling rigs are operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and usually require teams of drilling crews to work in 8 – 12 hour shift patterns.

Offshore drilling jobs include Drilling Engineer, Rig Manager, Toolpusher, Driller, Derrickhand,
Motorhand, Roughneck, Roustabout, and Pumpman. The salaries are generous and there are plenty of opportunities to climb the career ladder; If offshore drilling jobs are more physically demanding, the pay scale is commensurately higher.

There are opportunities to work on oil drilling rigs all across the world including USA, Canada, Africa, Europe, and Asia. One of the main advantages of an oil and gas drilling job, is the ability to travel the world. While this can involve periods of time away from home, generally the sleeping and living conditions are excellent and the financial rewards can be high.


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