Career Spotlight: Drillers

Career Spotlight: Drillers

A driller supports many positions in the oil and gas industry, and is typically the first position one holds when having limited experience in the industry. Oil and gas workers carry out drilling plans designed by petroleum engineers while operating the equipment that digs the well and removes the oil or gas.

A driller’s skill level is regarded important within the industry because of the responsibility they have for performing drilling and well control and other work in connection with the drilling operations. Safety is paramount to this position, and a driller must ensure equipment and personnel are working in accordance with the requirements specified in the operating procedures.

Employment of this position is expected to increase by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With the industry exploring deeper depths and harsher environments, oil and gas companies need more workers with demand depending on the need for the products and services of two industries: oil and gas extraction and support for mining activities.

Due to higher prices for resources, companies are returning to existing or mature fields to try new extraction methods, thereby increasing demand for oil and gas workers. At the time of print, Rigzone had 912 drilling positions in its Career Center.

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Stephen Blank | Dec. 27, 2013
Drilling is not an entry level position. It takes several years of experience and training to be an effective driller. You dont walk off the street and take control of a twenty million dollar rig and hoist 300,000 lbs of steel over peoples heads. True you dont need a college degree to be a driller and actually in my experience it is a better if you dont. What you do need is a strong work ethic and the ability to stay calm when things go bad which they will if you stay around long enough. My shift is 28 days on and 14 off, 12 hours a day in all sorts of weather and conditions. One big reason the industry has a hard time attracting and retaining qualified people is the lack of respect shown here.


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