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'Offshore Oil Guide': Are You Ready for Some Real Free-market Jobs, Anyone Anywhere?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 21, 2012

“Do you like to get a good pay and benefits without having to get a PHD?”

The Offshore Oil Guide (OOG) advertises itself as “the Premier Web Portal for finding offshore oil rig and marine job opportunities. This website was setup as a single access web portal to provide everything you need to know to find, apply and secure an offshore oil rig job.”

Currently on the OOG site, there are 28 countries with offshore job portals: USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Philippines, Peru, Pakistan, Oman, Norway, Nigeria, New Zealand, Mexico, Malaysia, Kuwait, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Brazil, Bahrain, Australia, and Argentina.

In the USA section, as is the case in other countries, there are 27 job types: Company Man; Cook; Crane Operator; Derrickman; Drilling Engineer; Entry Level; Floor Hand; Geologist; Medic; Motorman; Mud Engineer; Oil Driller; Oiler; Painter; Pipeline Engineer; Radio Operator; Rig Electrician; Rig Mechanic; Rig Operator; Roughneck; Roustabout; ROV Operator; Subsea Engineer; Toolpusher; Welder; Well Site Engineer; Winch Operator.

Here is the introductory page for job-seekers:

Are you adventurous?

To be successful in seeking offshore or oil rig job, you must be willing to do what average and ordinary people are not willing to do. Offshore work is not for everyone. It requires that you be away from home. It involves long and hard hours, working in all kinds of weather and conditions as well as in some dangerous situations. Being 100 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico in the middle of a hurricane is frightening and adventurous at the same time.

Do you like to travel and see the parts of the world never seen by most people?

In the offshore industries, many travel opportunities exist as part of the job. You may find yourself posted to such countries as Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, the UK or Indonesia. Working in other countries than the US or Canada can be more rewarding. These offshore jobs may have larger security risks which results with a larger pay.

Are you in good physical health?

Yes, oil field work is hard, at the same time it is very rewarding in terms of job security, ability to see travel and experience things not seen or experienced by ordinary people as well as an opportunity to better oneself. Yes, you must be in good physical shape and are willing to work really hard to take up the increased work load.

Do you like to work with people from all over the world?
As an offshore oil rig employee, you will be working with Americans, Mexicans, Africans, Spaniards, Brazilians, Norwegians, Dutchmen, Englishmen, Philippines and Australians

Do you like to get a good pay and benefits without having to get a PHD?

Offshore workers come from all walks of life: farmers, lawyers, preachers, musicians, bankers, businessmen, laborers, college graduates, high school dropouts, medical personnel, retired military personnel, male and female alike. You will find one of every kind in the oil field – you can get an offshore oil field job without needing to have advanced degrees.

A person starting at the bottom of the food chain without any previous oil field experience can make from $40,000 to $60,000 a year, and that is for working only six months out of the year. Where else can you get such a job without having a college education?

Entry-level positions start at $700 to $1,000 per week. Dishwashers and BR hands (who wash dishes, sweep and mop floors, put up inventory and do general house-cleaning in the living quarters) earn $700 per week.

Roustabouts (general laborers) earn $900 to $1100 per week. Other entry level positions are deckhands, oilers, welder helpers, cleaner painters and so on; and there are currently plenty of openings.

Good companies will provide major medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, 401 K programs and profit sharing.

There is a jobs boom going on with consumer-driven, real energies. Forget government dependent ‘green’ jobs that are artificially created by taxpayers and vanish as budget deficits. In fact, laid-off ‘green jobs’ men and women should visit Offshore Oil Guide today!


  1. Eddie Devere  

    For those of you who prefer working on stable ground, I suggest visiting the following sites for oil/gas/steel/electricity jobs here in mainland US. (This is unfortunately a short, and not unbiased list of a few of the companies that are hiring.)
    Marcellus Shale Coalition of Companies
    NRG Energy
    US Steel

    This is just a few of the companies that are hiring and that are stable. (Though, if you’re hired by some of the international companies developing the Marcellus Shale, be ready to be moved to northern British Columbia…or perhaps Australia or China. Once you learn the skills to get gas out of tight shale formations, you’ll be needed in places that are 5-10 years behind the US & Alberta in shale gas development.


  2. rbradley  

    Consumer-driven energy needs a lot of those artificial ‘green’ jobs, including the allegedly 37,000 at risk in Iowa.


  3. Donald  

    Offshore jobs are not for the average and ordinary people. They suitable for adventurous people ready for work in all kinds of weather and conditions. A good physical health is mandatory to face challenges in the industry.


  4. Evan  

    Nova Scotian, time for a change….Sign me up 🙂


  5. charlie keefer  

    I am a retired male 66 years old in good health and I am looking for any position available


  6. charlie keefer  

    Please let me know


  7. Francis Pelayo  

    A/B. Roustabout experience. In drilling ship.


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