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Offshore Roustabout Career Ladders



Some of the career paths that offshore roustabouts have gone on to include joining the drilling crew and working up the ladder of drilling oil jobs to become head driller; learning subsea engineering skills, becoming an underwater welder, becoming an offshore crane operator, or even joining the catering crew and becoming an offshore Chef! There really aren't any limits.

Career paths for offshore roustabouts are numerous and growing. However, the most common paths that roustabouts take on the offshore rig are the drilling ladder, the rigging ladder, and the maintenance ladder.

The Offshore Drilling Ladder

  • Roustabout
  • Roughneck
  • Motorman
  • Derrickman
  • Assistant Driller
  • Head Driller
  • Toolpusher

The Offshore Rigging Ladder

  • Rigger
  • Assistant Crane Operator
  • Crane Operator

The Offshore Maintenance Ladder

  • Maintenance Roustabout
  • Tradesman Assistant (Welder, Mechanic, Engineer or Electrician)
  • Tradesman (Welder, Mechanic, Engineer or Electrician)
  • Crew Supervisor
  • Lead Maintenance Superintendent 

What are the prospects for these jobs going forward? From good to excellent.  The world runs on cheap oil, yet the cheap oil is running out. There is much oil remaining, however, it is mostly in the hard-to-get places, such as the North Sea, the Southern Atlantic, even the Arctic Circle. With major fields around the middle east and Mexico entering terminal decline, the United States will open up offshore drilling and exploration as never before.

Additionally, the existing workforce is ageing; more than 50% of the current industry labor force are retiring over the next 10 years, and a huge surge of job openings will be the result. Anyone who wants to work in this field will have that chance. Worldwide, demand for oil is going to increase every single year, with demand overtaking supply in only a few years, leading to a situation of a constant supply crunch with corresponding high prices.

Getting Hired For Roustabout Jobs Offshore

The best way to land an offshore Roustabout job is to apply in person - there are many unadvertised entry level jobs offshore. Obviously, the person whose face is in the office asking for work every week or two is going to stand out above all the other applicants. 

If visiting the employment offices of offshore drilling contractors isn’t possible for you, then the next best thing is to ensure that your Resume, C\V and Cover Letter are specific to the offshore industry, and to the job you are applying for. We highly recommend the services of Rigworker if you wish to facilitate the process and improve the odds. Rigworker has over 10,000 members, and thousands have had success when they chose to utilize their Resume \ CV submittal service.

Rigworker charges a nominal fee for their services, $60, which is quite reasonable and comparable in price to other resume submission firms who don't focus on a specific industry, such as offshore drilling or oil industry jobs. Rigworker specializes in this industry, and are very good at what they do.  They guarantee your satisfaction with their services, and your money back if you don't land work in 3 months. You will get far more for this small investment than anywhere else on the internet.

If you are interested in finding roustabout jobs, one of the fastest ways to get hired is to utilize the resources provided by The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit. For what they charge, $37.00, they provide a lot of value: A five volume resource kit on landing work in the oil industry in the job of your choice. This includes a 50 page how-to on oil jobs resume creation that meets oil industry criteria, an 83 page manual on the types of oil jobs and where to find them; and an 83 page guide on how an oil rig works, as well as an employment manual with over 200 pages of oil and drilling company profiles, large and small, all over the world. They also tie it all together in a seperate strategy manual on finding oil rig jobs. They guarantee 100% satisfaction, and you will get a lot of bang for the buck.

 





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