Qualifications for Oil Rig Jobs


Working on an oil rig crew can be rewarding financially, but it is demanding. Most jobs are entry-level positions with little or no education required, such as a roughneck or roustabout. However, these jobs have some qualifications.

Physical Qualifications

  • An oil rig position can be very physically demanding. Workers may have to work long hours under strenuous conditions and this can wear on a person's body. Workers don't have to be athletes, but lifting over 40 pounds is a must and will have to be performed over and over again.


  • Hand-to-eye coordination is important on an oil rig. Most labor positions require the employees to be able to work with their hands. Fixing and repairing drilling equipment or moving the rigs to different locations are common tasks. This type of work requires the oil worker to be mechanically inclined and have good balance.

Travel Qualifications

  • An employee of an oil rig will have to travel a lot and not all of that traveling is done inside the United States. A worker must be able to travel and be away from his or her familiy for long periods. They must be able to get a visa or passport in order to travel overseas.


  • Most training for oil rigs is done on-the-job. An oil worker must be able to pick up the training easily and not have to be taught a task more than just a few times. Also, a little initiative is valuable for the entry-level positions. If an oil worker sees something that needs to be done, they should do it. Being able to work without supervision will only make working on an oil rig easier.

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