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What Does a Roustabout Do?

Offshore Oil Rig Roustabouts

big-oli-rig-718977-mJust what does a roustabout on an oil rig do?  Well, just about anything.  The job description of a roustabout is drilling on an oil rig, but they also have other tasks, such as loading equipment and supplies from the support vessels.  They keep the decks tidy and clean and help with supplying equipment to the rig floor.  If the roughnecks are too busy to take a break, the roustabouts relieve them, so they can take their breaks or meals, until all the roughnecks have had a break.  If you don’t mind the lifestyle on an oil rig and being away from your family for extended lengths of time, then an entry level oil rig jobs, may be for you.

Oil rig jobs pay well, a lot more than land-based jobs.  If you don’t mind honest work for honest money, then research the oil rig jobs.  The rate of pay is usually double the amount you will make on land.  The bulk of the jobs on an oil rig are roustabout jobs.  These are considered entry-level positions and require no experience.  Most entry positions pay on an average of $45,000 to $50,000 a year.  If you have ten years or more of experience, you may reach $55,000.

One of the best ways to get a roustabout job is by word of mouth because oil rig workers are very tight knit.  This comes from working together under very difficult conditions for long periods of time, so in this field of work, if another worker recommends a person, this counts for a lot.  You may also contact placement companies that fill these positions.  Remember there are hundreds of oil rigs in the United States and all over the world.  You will find the work very hard and will probably work for 2 or 3 weeks, 12-hour shifts before you get any time off.  These shifts are usually night shift; you may find yourself facing all kinds of hardships such as fighting fires and working in high places.  Just remember, if you are doing the same work on land, you will probably be getting paid only half as much.

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