If you’re pumping gas at the gas station, you probably don’t think about the fact that the oil you’re pumping is thousands of years old and comes from the core of the earth. You probably also don’t think that it’s mostly extracted by men and women who spend weeks at sea, working long shifts on offshore rigs. The offshore oil industry isn’t that well known – but that’s about to change! in this article we talk about 4 interesting facts about the offshore oil industry.
1. Oil rigs are huge
Did you know that oil rigs are “mini cities”? Working in the offshore oil industry isn’t a nine-to-five job, no, employees usually stay for durations of two to three weeks. That means they also sleep, eat and live at the oil rigs. The newest oil rigs are equipped with gyms and game rooms! Oil rigs also have heli platforms and more. To give you an idea of the size: 120 meter by 120 meter is very common. It really is a floating city in the sea – one that weighs easily 120 000 tonnes!
2. The offshore industry is always looking for employees
Did you know that the industry is pretty much always looking for skilled workers. Most of the jobs are pretty specific, think of a banksman or engineer, but floating cities also need cooks, nurses and even cleaning personnel. If you wouldn’t mind working at sea, it might be interesting to check out the vacancies!
3. Offshore personnel is heavily trained
Of course, working in the offshore industry isn’t without risk. From flying out to the rig with helicopters to braving the ocean weather and working with highly flammable fluids, it’s not a regular job. Once upon a time, the industry had quite a lot of accidents and casualties, which was the start of the regulatory organs for the industry. Nowadays, if you want to work in the offshore oil industry, you need to be able to show your OPITO certification, such as the BOSIET.
4. Oil rig workers are paid very well
Even though most jobs on an oil rig are dirty and physically very demanding, the workers are highly skilled and paid very well. To give you an idea: the average oil rig worker’s annual pay was nearly US$100,000 around 2011, so it’s likely to be even more nowadays. While this is a very good salary, it’s important not to miss the context: oil rig workers are gone from home for extended periods of time and it’s hard work in a dangerous environment.