Getting Started as a Roustabout with No Job Experience?
Picking a career is never easy, especially in today's uncertain job market. Yet there are still plenty of opportunities for those who are willing to look
slightly further afield.
While a job in offshore oil drilling might not immediately leap to mind when considering viable career paths, for some people it may be ideal. For those
who are hard-working and determined the rewards and the lifestyle can be enviable. Read on to find out if a career in offshore drilling is for you, and
how you can get a job in the oil industry with no previous job experience.
What is a roustabout?
A roustabout is the first rung of the career ladder in the offshore drilling industry. Roustabouts perform all of the basic maintenance and heavy manual
labour aboard an oil rig. If you want to pursue a career on offshore oil rigs, this will be your very first job title. Roustabout jobs require you to perform
many different functions - one day you might be painting and cleaning the rig, the next you may be moving heavy equipment or fixing machinery.
As an entry level position, roustabouts will naturally have to do much of the most strenuous and dirty work on the rig, but there is plenty of room for
advancement. Virtually everyone you meet on an oil or gas rig started their career in an offshore roustabout job.
Who can become a roustabout?
No formal qualifications are needed to get a job as a roustabout. What is required is a hard-working attitude, a certain level of strength and physical
fitness and the ability to work long shifts in all weather conditions. This makes offshore roustabout jobs ideal for those with intelligence and drive but
who have left school with few academic qualifications. It is also suitable for someone seeking a change in career and who is willing to work their way
up. As long as you're over 18 and are at least 5'5" tall, you can apply for a job as a roustabout. Other than this the most important thing is that you're
willing to work hard in often tough conditions.