Offshore Oil Jobs: Career Information

The term offshore oil job in general refers to a wide range of job opportunities available in the oil, maritime and gas industrial sectors. Offshore simply means away from land. Although the nature of work, salary and educational requirements of every profession vary, some aspects are common to all kinds of offshore oil jobs.  

  • Significant amount of traveling is involved.
  • Work would be in a 14/21 day format.
  • Alternatively, one might have to work offshore for 6 months in a year and be on a paid leave for the rest of the period.
  • Though the work is physically demanding, it is not at all life threatening unless safety norms are flouted.  
  • Minimum educational requirements for entry level jobs.  
  • Some companies provide insurance cover, 401(k) and under special circumstances, stock options.

Desired Skill Sets

Offshore oil drilling or offshore drilling rigs jobs have no specific educational requirements. Performance while undergoing on-the-job training, ability to learn quickly and willingness to work hard are the key skill sets required. However, some positions that require specific technical skills include :

  • Mud Engineer
  • Ballast Controlman
  • Rig Medic
  • Safety Man
  • Chief Engineer
  • Captain

These positions require specific knowledge; hence, they are offered to candidates with the desired qualifications.

A common criterion for all the jobs, however, is good physical and mental health. All the selected personnel have to undergo a series of health check-ups before their employment is confirmed with the company.  

Nature of Work

The nature of work for offshore oil jobs varies depending on the position held by a candidate. This involves:

  • Working for long and odd hours.
  • Working at sea and away from land.
  • Working away from family for months at a time (depends on job profile).
  • Working in tough weather conditions, and at times, under stressful and critical situations.
  • Performing tough tasks that are physically demanding.

Though this might look scary at face value, the work seldom turns life threatening unless safety rules are not followed.

Wages and Advancement Opportunities

An entry level employee with minimum or no educational qualifications could make $700 to $1000 a week. This is the salary drawn by personnel who perform jobs like dish washing, and cleaning the quarters. General employees belonging to the next level, such as deckhands, welder helpers and oilers take away $900-$1,100 per week. Professionals belonging to the trade and technical sector earn anywhere from $75,000 to $220,000 annually. This again varies from company to company and other factors like experience and skills.

Based on one's individual abilities, promotions are offered from time to time. Some specialized schools also offer short-term certification courses for offshore oil rig workers. Such courses last for several weeks and assist candidates in improving their job prospects.

Various Offshore Oil Jobs

  • Offshore oil drilling
  • Mudman
  • Floorman
  • Cleaner/Painter
  • Cook
  • Ballast Controlman
  • Watchstander
  • Sub Sea Engineer
  • Roustabouts
  • Rig Welder
  • Mechanic/Electrician
  • Crane Operator