I am considering applying for work on an off-shore oil rig. The money is ok, unless the info I found were lies like many other jobs like this one.
I make the drill collares used on off shore oil rigs working at a steel plant now so I am use to long hours, heat, cold etc etc.
I am in no where near good enough shape for that degree of physical laber. My job is not easy but in comparrision it is much easier.
I am 22 now and begun working out again after an injury if all goes well I plan on applying in a year or two. I have some time to get in shape.
Anyone have any info or insight on this career? [/quote]
i grew up in houston where it seems like 60% of the city is involved in the oil industry and companies like halliburton,exxon-mobile, shell, chevron and tons of other “small” companies call home.
oil is indeed a good industry to work for. you will bust your ass but they do pay you for it. as far as blue collar jobs go, you can’t beat it.
oil is also an industry that promotes from within. of course you’ll have to have a degree to be an engineer or something, but as far as field operations and management goes, you can work your way up the ranks and pay scale pretty easily.
lots of people in the city started in blue collar level jobs and are now pulling in hundreds of thousands a year easy.
but, to get the good promotions, you will most likely have to spend time overseas at some point, usually in asia or s. america though the middle east and OPEC nations are opening up due to the war now.
i’ve had friends do the roughneck thing during college summers and considered it myself but had other oppurtunities more in line with my career path. (in PA ironically)
my buddies all made over $12,000 in the three month period though, and they worked 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off.
so, work time considered, they worked a month and a half. not bad for manual labor.
you do bake though, and the gulf coast summers are hotter than you’ve experienced in pennsylvania.
another hint is that oil is definately a “good ol’ boy” industry. get in tight with the bosses and people others look up to, for works sake fit in with the crowd and you’ll be in a pseudo fraternity soon to be promoted.