Offshore drilling rigs are the “office” for thousands of people every day who work in this exciting industry. From a senior driller to crane operators, from medics to electricians, there are several different kinds of drilling rig jobs possible.
How you decide to get started here really depends on what skills and experience you bring to the table.
Many different opportunities
For example if you if party have some experience working in an oilfield, that will look very good on your resume. It is very common for a guy to learn the ropes working on land with a drilling crew and then take the same jobs offshore.
So yes, any existing industry experience you have is directly transferable when you go to apply. Except for a few differences, drilling on land and offshore is pretty much the same.
And there’s still room for you in this industry even if you have never worked an oil field before.
Skilled and certified tradesmen are needed every day to keep all the drilling rigs operating. Countless welders, electricians, riggers, and seamen work around the clock to keep the platforms supplied and running safely.
So if you have experience any of those fields, working on a drilling rig could be as simple as getting the right certifications and finding an offshore contractor.
Future outlook for drilling rig jobs
The fact is there’s a shortage of qualified workers to fill all the available drilling rig jobs both in North America and around the world. For example just this year, energy giant BP has forecasted they will be hiring 6000 new workers.
Many other companies have announced expansion in their offshore drilling worldwide and this is going to create even more drilling rig jobs. This is even in despite of the recent relative slowdown in some North American offshore drilling activities.
Other areas of employment besides drilling rig jobs
Another thing you might consider in your search for offshore employment is to look for a job in some of the other parts of the offshore oil and gas sector.
One area of big growth (especially now as more oil plays are made in deeper water) are on the floating production and storage vessels. FPSO jobs allow you to to use the same skills as you would on a drilling rig but in a slightly different environment.
The difference is very minor, but it’s another area of opportunity for you. We think the FPSO area is going to be huge in the future.
Taking the next step
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