Are you interested in starting a career in the oil and gas industry but have no experience?
You’re in luck! There are many opportunities to begin working in this industry and advance your career. Even with no experience, entry-level jobs allow you to move up the ranks quickly if you are willing to learn and work hard.
Just ask industry worker and YouTube personality Beau Rogel, who shared his insights and tips into making $100+ in the oil and gas industry with zero experience! (You can check out the Q&A here.)
Many career pathways exist for those wanting to start working in the oil and gas industry as long as you have the initiative and drive to pursue them!
How to Get a Job in the Oil and Gas Industry With No Experience
Before you jump into a career in the oil and gas industry, there are basic qualifications you should meet even if you don’t have any experience.
While these aren’t hard-and-fast qualifications for every company, they are definitely factors you should consider:
- You are in good physical form and able to lift at least 50 lbs multiple times throughout the day.
- You are medically able to operate machinery.
- You are willing to work long hours when you start out.
- You own protective gear such as glasses, gloves and boots.
- You are willing to relocate.
- You are 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license (a commercial driver’s license is a plus).
Investing in oilfield-specific training can give you a competitive edge when it comes to securing an entry-level position. Look into local schools that offer oilfield training in order to boost your resume!
When you begin to apply for jobs, check out online job listings or upload your resume to a job board so employers can search for you.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back from employers. With an increase in job availability, there are many individuals applying for positions in the oil and gas industry. Keep sending out applications!
Types of Entry-Level Jobs Available in the Oil and Gas Industry
There are many entry-level jobs available in the industry that don’t require a four-year degree. Here is a sampling to give you an idea of what is available for those with no experience:
A Roustabout is a manual laborer who maintains equipment in the oil field or on oil rigs. They are tasked with keeping oil and gas rigs running safely and efficiently.
This position is a common entry-level job in the oil and gas industry and does not require any formal education.
However, because there is an increase in job demand for Roustabouts, many colleges and vocational schools offer programs to prepare individuals for Roustabout employment.
Check out these current job listings for Roustabouts:
Floorhands, also known as Roughnecks, are in charge of routine inspections on equipment as well as performing maintenance tasks. They are responsible for ensuring that equipment and workers operate according to safety standards and procedures.
All you need to get started as a Floorhand is a high school diploma as well as a certification from a training program. Although this position requires education, you don’t need previous experience to become a Floorhand.
Here are some current job listings for Floorhands:
Laborers are workers who perform a variety of manual tasks in and around oil rigs. This could involve painting, repairing, cleaning, maintaining, installing and driving.
Many companies prefer to hire unskilled Laborers with no experience - this way, they can train you to complete the work the way they want it done. Plus, companies are more likely to promote Laborers.
Are you interested in becoming a laborer? Take a look at these job postings:
For those interested in becoming a welder in the oil and gas industry, the position of Welding Assistant is typically included in an apprenticeship program.
Welding Assistants help skilled welders perform their duties by supplying and holding materials as well as cleaning equipment and work areas.
More often than not, only a high school diploma is required for this position. Any necessary skills are typically taught on the job.
If you’re working on your Welder’s apprenticeship program, here are some available Welding Assistant positions:
Mechanic Helpers help the Lead Mechanics perform their duties such as repairing heavy equipment, operating heavy equipment and performing routine maintenance on heavy equipment.
No formal qualifications are required in order to become a Mechanic Helper but you need at least a high school diploma or GED. You can take specialized courses for this position but many employers will provide hands-on training.
Time to get working!