When most oil rig job seekers set out in search of oil rig vacancies, they usually expect to find jobs that are physically draining and work environments that are fundamentally unsafe. And while it’s true that many oil rig vacancies are for jobs that are extremely physically demanding, there are a number of vacancies that do not have anything to do with drilling, which is the most physically demanding type of oil rig job.
Some of the more common non-drilling vacancies include:
- Radio operators
- Catering staff
A closer look at a couple of the above-noted oil rig vacancies paints a pretty bright picture for any rig job seeker who wants to avoid extremely physical work.
A rig radio operator jobs – which, in addition to radio operations, also serve the critical function of being the center of all rig logistics in emergency situations – pay an average of around $42,000 per year. You’ll need a radio operator’s license for this type of position.
A rig’s catering department also provides an example of oil rig vacancies that do are not as demanding as drilling jobs. In addition to the head chef and cook jobs, there is also a camp boss, a team of stewards, bakers, and so forth. The camp boss is the most senior catering position on a rig and it typically pays around $55,000 per year.
And since a rig is a non-stop operation, food is needed – and served – around the clock. This means there can be a lot of vacancies on a rig for catering department jobs.
The best advice, when considering which oil rig vacancies to apply for, is to take a look at your own skill set and interests. If working outdoors in an extremely physically demanding role – exposed to unsafe conditions – is either beyond your capabilities or simply does not appeal to you (or both), then you’re better off thinking about one of the many different types of non-drilling rig vacancies.
Non-drilling vacancies can offer you the best of both worlds in that you’ll still reap many of the same rewards of the lifestyle (rig workers commonly work on a 14-day “on,” 21-day “off” rotation, with no meal or accommodation costs), but you won’t have to put as much of yourself on the line physically.
And, who knows? Perhaps through your exposure to non-drilling rig jobs you’ll find yourself warming up to the idea of a more physical role. So much so that you may, in future, find yourself keeping an eye out for any oil rig vacancies that will make bigger demands of you physically (and with bigger demands, come bigger rewards).