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Jobs offshore oil rig: No experience - how do I start?

If you are interested in entering the oil industry then you need to make sure you have got what it takes to apply for these positions. There are some aspects that must be considered when you are thinking about joining oil & gas industry. If you have had little or no previous experience, then you will need to work at entry level job on oil rig.

The oil industry is booming right now, with new drilling platforms offering many offshore oil rig jobs opened for the crews. Leading economists forecast the oil boom to last the next 14 - 20 years, so the significant rise in job hunting is not surprising. While many people are confused about how to start, the truth is that if you are young, fit, hardworking and willing to get your hands dirty, you should have no problem to begin with.

If you have no experience, the best way to start offshore carrier is to get a job on a land based oil rig. There is also good option for workers with no degree and diploma. The better choice for unskilled workers is roustabout - most accessible position on oil rig. You can get hired as a roustabout, basically a general laborer, work hard for 6 months and climb the ladder to the position of roughneck. As a roughneck, you still do a lot of manual work, but you can also have the ability to supervise a few roustabouts and achieve more specialized jobs, such as derrickhands and drillers positions. Show the right attitude, work hard and you will be promoted all the way up to driller (2nd highest on the platform drilling grade) in 5 years.

A university degree is not very useful on board an oil platform. However, a useful technical certificate or diploma, for example as an rig electrician or mechanic, you can land a job in the engine room or electrical department. On board of an oil platform at sea rig crew need to eat, so a good cook is always welcome on board. Nurses also play a valuable role on the rig. Despite modern technology, oil rig, especially offshore, is still a very dangerous place to work. Accidents happen, and nurses still required to provide the first aid and basic medical treatment. Because of dangers of offshore jobs, there are legislative regulations and rules of current destinations. For example in the UK, you must follow a course of survival and struggle against fires off. Several Canadian provinces have their own first aid certificates. And different states have their own requirements.

Employees often work in Alaska, the Arctic region, Canada and the Middle East (Qatar, Iraq, Iran). If you started with a university degree related qualifications 2-5 years, you would be in very good position. Many of the staff of the oil company were here since in the 1970s and 1980s, some of them called out of retirement. If you start today, you will get your degree in 3-5 years. The more relevant to industry profession the much money you will earn on oil rig. Thus, geologist degree is most payable profession on oil rig. The most demanded professions on oil rigs are mechanics, scaffolders, welders, electricians, commercial divers, pipe fitters, drillers etc. Most of these jobs are international and require a lot of traveling through different countries.

As you can see, there is no secrets to get started in offshore oil rig jobs. Just start from small, on the shore, from the bottom. Once you prove that you are appropriate, you can move to the most lucrative offshore drilling platforms.