Pros and Cons of Working on an Oil Drilling Rig

There are many pros as well as cons to working on an oil rig. Here are some pros and cons that you need to know about oil rig work.

Pros of Working on an Oil Rig

  • Good Pay

When you work on an oil drilling rig you’re paid extremely well. An entry level position can pay as much as $47,000-$80,000 per year. The technical jobs will pay as much as $83,000-$160,000 per year. Oil rig jobs are in high demand due to the pay scale you receive.

  • Extended Leave

You have a rotational work schedule. This rotation can be 7-28 days. For the amount of days you work, you also get equal number of days off. You may also only work a portion of the year when things are busy and then have the other portion of the year off. You’ll get your full pay in the months you work and you’ll be able to go on extended vacations once your yearly work is done.

  • Training and Education

You get training and education before you work. Oil companies will pay for your training before you go on the job for the entry-level positions. As you move up the ladder you may get further training and be able to take certificate programs, for example. As you get more training and education, your pay rate scale will go up significantly.

  • Health Insurance

Due to the nature of the work involved, you get full health insurance and are well looked after by the industry. Most plans cover dental, vision and personal injury. Many other industry don’t even offer health insurance, but you get this in the oil industry.

  • Opportunities to Advance

When you work on an oil rig you have many opportunities to advance to higher paying jobs. You may work your way up to higher positions as well as managerial positions over time. If you have a willingness to learn, you’ll find advancement is easier for you. There’s always room for a better job and more pay on an oil rig for qualified people.

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Cons of Working on an Oil Rig

  • Long Hours

Working on an oil rig is a tough job and it’s not for everyone. You usually have to do a 12-hour shift seven days a week when you’re on your rotation schedule. You may be required to do overtime for projects or emergencies. Many workers will do 80 hours each week of work on an oil rig. The work can take a toll on your body physically as well.

  • Away from Home

The long rotations means that you’ll be away from your family for a long period of time if you’re on an offshore oil rig. If you’re needed at home all the time, then working on an oil rig won’t work for you. To be successful on an oil rig, you have to get used to the extended time away from family.

  • Dangerous Work

People can be injured on oil rigs due to the dangerous nature of ther work. You can often have physical injuries such as fatigue, sprains, muscle aches, broken bones, burns, chemical exposure and other problems to deal with. Training is provided to deal with the dangers, but there is still a high risk to your health when working on an oil rig.

  • Weather

You have to work in all weather conditions such as wind, rains, and cold. You have to be able to brave the elements as you may work in the dead of winter or in the blazing sun of the summer. Oil rigs don’t stop because the weather is bad.

These are the main pros and cons to working on an oil rig. There are many rewards to this type of job, but you also have to be aware of the cons too before you decide to get into the industry.

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