With recent technology advances, the oil and natural gas industry is a rapidly growing industry in the U.S. looking for skilled, motivated workers. Further, as world population grows and developing countries like China and India continue to become more automated and mechanized, the fuels that power our lives will be in constant high demand.
Oil and natural gas field operations offer a range of employment opportunities depending on experience and skill level. Typically, experienced operators will work their way into foreman or supervisor positions in the field, which offer income opportunities in the six figures ($100,000 or more).
Starting salaries can be $50,000 or more with pay advances available as experience and performance increases. The work schedule in this industry is commonly 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off or some similar interval. One of the benefits of the job is flexibility in living location. With rig sites varying in location, operators typically travel to sites, which may be anywhere in the U.S., and return to their homes in the periods off the job site. This culture enables operators to live and earn incomes in their hometowns, if desirable.
Attention to safety in the industry is high, so companies are looking for operators with industry certifications and some training. On-the-job training is a major part of developing workers in this industry. Southwest Community College offers an associate degree in this field; click here
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