Oil Rig Operator

Supervise oil-extraction crews and discuss daily production with clients.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Oil Rig Operators do?

An Oil Rig Operator does more than simply turn an oil rig on and off. In this supervisory position, you make sure a team of employees works together, safely and efficiently, to pipe oil from the ground, and deliver it to the customer on time and under budget.

When you’re the Oil Rig Operator- you arrive to work early, and see to it that each person on your team does so as well. You’ll likely be given a daily target for production, and you share that target with your team. As an Oil Rig Operator, you’re like a Motivational Speaker in this role, making sure your team understands the goal, and can meet it without hurting themselves or sacrificing safety in any way.

As the work progresses, you inspect the oil rig and ensure that all of the equipment is functioning normally. If a problem occurs, you jump in and fix the problem any way you can. This may mean diving in with a wrench and fixing a mechanical problem, or diving in with a tissue to comfort a distressed employee.

As the Oil Rig Operator, you’re a point of contact for the client. If the client feels that not enough oil is being produced, they call you and you have to explain your target, or agree to up your production. If a problem occurs on the well and you’re unable to fix it, you notify your boss as well as the client. You’ll likely do everything in your power, every day, to ensure that you don’t have to make an awkward call like this.

Should I be an Oil Rig Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

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    How to become an Oil Rig Operator

    Most Oil Rig Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9dcaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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