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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 01:36

Oil and gas jobs are extremely popular in resource reach countries. Those jobs usually have the highest salaries and requirements to start working in oilfield are really low. Some of the companies and positions don’t even require high school diploma and as long as you are willing to work and have a valid driving license you are fit to work. There are obviously downturns in oil industry as in any other industries and some years it might be much easier to get a job than in others but in long term oilfield will always have opportunities for right individuals willing to work. Oilfield salaries vary widely but in general you will be making at least $60,000 to start depending on the region you work in and type of job you do. Many people start with $75,000-$90,000 right away.

Most of oilfield jobs deal with oil exploration, extraction, production and transport of oil and gas. Oil and gas explorations deal with searching for oil and predicting where would be the best place to drill the first well on the new potential field. This is usually done by using seismic analysis of underground formations and by using gravimeters that can determine density of the rocks below the ground. Extraction deals with oil well drilling and completion required to get hydrocarbons flowing to surface where it can later be processed and send to refineries. Transport of oil and gas is usually done via pipelines or tankers. All those activities require thousands of workers to keep operations running and that’s why there is such a high demand for people who want to work in that area. Some companies are so eager to find hardworking employees that they are willing to fly people from anywhere in the country for free at the beginning and end of each rotation. As an example in Canada many oilfield workers live in Ontario, Newfoundland and BC and for their rotation they fly to Alberta or northern BC.

Most working rotations are 15 days on and 6 days off or 20 days on and 10 days off. It is also common for some companies to allow 3 weeks on and 2 weeks off rotations, especially if they have to fly the employee from somewhere else. While on locations oilfield workers usually stay in camp or in a hotel which is paid by the company. In the camp food is provided while in hotel workers might be expected to purchase food themselves but the company will pay food subsistence which is $50-$80 per day depending on the locations.

However there are several reasons why companies are having trouble finding oilfield workers even by paying high salaries, providing free accommodations & food and flying people from all over the country to work locations. Field conditions are usually rough and being physically fit is a must for most of the positions. Working temperatures may vary from +40 in desert regions to -40 during the winters. Ability to be away from home for extended periods of time is also a requirement. Most shifts are really long (12-13 hours) and travel to camp or hotel may take another 1-2 hours.

If you think you might be interested in working in the oil patch feel free to browse the website to get more detailed information n on how to apply and get the job.

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