What’s It Really Like Working Offshore Jobs?

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When people are first starting out in this industry a common concern they have is they want to know what it’s actually like working offshore jobs. Sure, some people have previous experience in the oilfield or even working some offshore marine jobs, but for many people this will be their first tour on an oil rig.

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The first thing to know is that you’ll be working on a rotating schedule. It is very common in North America to work for seven days on the rig, then get seven days off the rig back home. When you start working overseas you get into more shifts like 21 days on the rig with 21 days back home.

All your expenses will be taken care of by your employer. The pay is also fantastic. This is what draws most people to this industry in the first place. The fact is, you can make more working offshore jobs then you would doing a comparable job on land. Plus the get the benefit of technically only working half of the year.

A lot of people don’t understand that you don’t have to be experienced in the oil and gas drilling business to work offshore. While the drillers and roughnecks are very important and responsible for the actual oil production, many people are needed to support both them and the rig.

For example there are many offshore catering jobs like cook and steward that you could get if you have hospitality industry experience or training. Additionally, skilled tradesman like welders and medics are necessary on an offshore oil rig to. So don’t think that there are only offshore oil jobs out there.

And of course, if you do have oil and gas drilling experience, there’s naturally a place for you on board an oil rig. Working offshore on a dril crew is pretty similar to working back home on land. Of course you have longer shifts during the day. The shift is frequently twelve hours long.

But other than that, an offshore oil rig drills pretty much the same as back on land.

For many people working offshore is a very good deal. Other people are interested, but it just doesn’t work out for them. This happens but don’t worry too much about it. If you’re interested and qualified, give it a shot. You will know after second or third day on the job if you like it.

Of course, it is hard work. There’s nothing wrong if you like the stability of a normal work day and week. But if you’re looking for something more exciting and interesting, working on an offshore oil rig is definitely going to deliver that.

So are you ready to get started? Sign up now for our free offshore job database. We’ll help you get started in this exciting and extremely well paying industry.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

debasis dhal February 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Dear Sir
I would like to work in offshore marine industry.i am in profession a safety professional.so Please intimate me the details in above concern for which i shall be highly obliged to you.

Debasis Dhal.
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zoe20 June 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

my boyfriend is actually trying to get involed in this industy. He has a friend who is trying to help him out, but i don’t know how much help he’s going to be. what’s the best thing to do?


Luke Bonmene Musa August 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I’m mr. Luke Bonmene Musa, a structure welder. I need a offshore/rigs jobs, what do i do? I need help. I am a Nigerian…


Luke Bonmene Musa August 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Please pardon me i did’nt say my Age.
I am 37 years old & working with a Rig or offshore has always be my Dreams
& i have the believe that your great office will help me actualize my dreams. Am hopeful waiting for your call, i promise to be deligent in my duties
& would be very grateful if my request is considered. Thanks, yours faithful
Luke Bonmene Musa.


samson .sebiloane August 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

I am a qualified artisan in rigging from South Africa and I need an offshore job.Can you please help me


astidman June 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

To whom it may concern.
My name is Stidman, I have been welding since 1984 I am AWS certified in 7 processes, I currently work as a welder for city in which I live local government agency for (22yrs) and also work part time for our local school district as a welding Instructor for the last past (8yrs) and do have family that work offshore.
Ive always been interested in welding offshore..
any information provided would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.


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