All You Need to Know About Offshore Employment. I have worked in the offshore oil industry for more than 30 years and I am going to try and give you some non BS, no sugar coating advice on working in the industry.  Right now its very hard and almost impossible for a newcomer to get a start offshore. 

If you already work in the offshore-oil-industry or you are trying get yourself a new job offshore this site will try and give you simple, practical and unbiased advice. You will not like the advice unfortunately. 

You need to clearly understand that it is not as easy and simple as some oil-rig-employment websites would have you believe. You simply can not walk onto an offshore installation into a new job without some basics in place.

About Offshore Employment

Offshore installations are potentially dangerous places, and safety and safe working practices is what we all live and breathe. These days the reality does not match the movies.

For many positions it most definitely is not a training ground for someone who doesn’t have Basic Requirements for safety or professional standards of training to start with. 

In general people with a relevant trade in mechanical or electrical or electronics discipline have the best chance at getting a technical job start, however experienced hands is what most companies chase, and that’s perfectly reasonable.

The offshore world isn’t a charity industry, companies spend big bucks and if you want big bucks you got to help the company make them.

It is up to you to present yourself in the best way possible to prospective employers and give companies a reason to start you off. The oil field is not for sissies!

And Oil Rig People are a breed apart. The actual attrition rate of new starts in drilling is around 75%, that is to say 75% of people quit as its not as glamorous as its made out to be.

You need to show people that you have a positive and proactive can-do attitude. If you are someone who likes everything on a plate and your rear end wiped for you, best stay home with your mom or the wife. Follow these hints for preparing a professional Rig Jobs when you look for your job.


There are many people out there who just want to baffle you with offshore employment requirements, or worse still try and get money out of you for nothing without ever delivering a job opportunity.

In fact you don’t need to pay anyone to help get information on offshore vacancies and offshore employment opportunities. If you are wanting to start International Oil Rig Employment then this is whole different ball game and many who have had worked in North Sea and GOM find that international and overseas a little different. This company also has extensive offshore opportunities Technip Offshore.

Do not hand over a single cent to any company who says for a fee that they will find you work. That is a lie and you will soon find out that when you pay and never hear from them again.

Keep an eye on the latest Offshore Jobs here. If you need Oil Rig Recruitment Hints then this will help you.

If you work offshore then you are probably getting to know about how to find a new job, although there is a large difference between working in your home oil patch, such as North Sea or Gulf of Mexico and working internationally. If you are seeking offshore employment for the first time then there is a lot to know. For many this will be a very large reality check and will not be as easy as rumours or people often suggest.

Click here if you are looking for a UK offshore employment based position in the North Sea then look here for UK Agency Information. Click here if you are looking for a US based position in the Gulf of Mexico or elsewhere then look here for US Agency Information

If you are looking for a foreign job then click here for International Agency Information. The following are additional Offshore Recruitment Companies that may offer suitable offshore employment job opportunities.


So many people enquire on how how to get a employment on an offshore oil rig on this website. In scores of cases they are fresh entry level applicants with very few relevant skills or anything else to offer. You have to realize that these are high technology environments so entry grade jobs are limited with a enormous number of people applying for them.

Many think that the road to offshore oil rig jobs is all gold, but it isn't. Many who do take home high salaries have spent many years in the industry supported by education and training.

There are opportunities to get into the offshore oil industry and that includes the drilling industry nevertheless you have to to plan for this.

Once you are able to get into the offshore oil industry there is a extensive career path as you serve an apprenticeship of learning the many things that make up what is now a very high tech industry.

In the drilling industry you can begin as a roustabout and in the long run end up as a rig manager, drilling superintendent or an oil company representative if you are smart enough.

What is an offshore oil rig? In lots of cases people on this site do not know what they are. The tag oil rig covers a expansive range of vessel types and rigs.

They term offshore oil rig is also generally applied to oil drilling rigs, oil production installations such as platforms and Floating Production and Storage Offload (FPSO) vessels, and the oil industry can also comprise many service vessels such as crane barges, accommodation rigs, diving support vessels, geological survey vessels, platform supply vessels (PSV) or as they are also called Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV's) and there are Anchor Handling Tug (AHT), as well Safety Standby vessels and more.

There are offshore employment opportunities for all these vessel types with the proper qualification and experience. Entry level positions are frequently within catering positions, or basic labouring positions.

One area of opportunity overlooked by a lot of job seeking people is the many positions available with third party companies who render specialist services to rigs.

For platforms they might be maintenance personnel, for drilling rigs they range from mud logging and cementing contractors to down hole logging and ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) contractors. All provide opportunities to go offshore, get experience and of course open up chances somewhere else. Many positions come about as you are in the right place and the right instant and get information about positions that may never get advertised. Once you are offshore it is all about networking and getting industry inside information about offshore employment job openings.

There are countless rig workers out there who just desire to perplex you with a spot of crap and jargon and also to try and get you to give up some hard earned cash to supposedly get you a job. Stay tuned to this website for simple, no BS hard-nosed pointers about verything from oil rig roughnecks to rig managers. in no way give cash to any department to get you a job, as these are simply offshore employment scams.

If you want offshore employment then it’s best to understand the basics to avoid looking like a fool. Here is some Oil Rig Basics with basic information on the various offshore oil installation types that come under the umbrella and generic term of oil rigs.


The message submission section on this page is really easy to do, but some sound advice to help you. I know that there are recruiters sometimes going through these submissions looking for potential candidates. If you need to impress people and grab their interest, then take some attention with your entry and make the endeavour pay off. If you put a sketchy title and a one line shoddily spelt or written statement on how to start, what positions open etc it simply will not get posted

On your Title clearly state the position you are seeking. Don't add a number of different ones as no one will look at this.

In the body of your message state clearly what skills you have that may be of use if you are new entrant for offshore employment. If you have any educational qualifications, list them including with a basic summary of significant work experience. Going on about how hard a worker you are and how honest means nothing. If you have already invested in all the many required offshore safety certificates, then start with this. Above all do a spell check of the submission, substandard spelling and pitiful grammar turns off potential employers. They say you only get one chance to make a first ipression. It is very true!

An example for you

Roustabout Position Wanted

I have all the required offshore safety certificates, medical certificates and passport and I am ready to go to work. I do not have any former offshore experience but I am adept with tools and machinery having worked on building sites driving bulldozers and diggers or driving cranes, forklifts, rigging, scaffolding and any other useful machinery maintenance experience (make clear this) and have good safety ethic (describe your safety knowledge). State your educational attainments and even sporting achievements and prove that you are a team participant. If you can think of some other experience or qualifications that have some benefit then say what they are. Put a 100 words or more down and sell yourself.

What do you want to know about oil rig employment?

Are you looking for new oil rig employment? are you looking to change jobs? do you need answers to your questions? Dont ask dumb questions as they dont get answers and you dont get offshore jibs by being dumb. Dont ask about wages and salaries as you will not get an answer. If you aks me for a job your post gets deleted because if you cant figure out that this is an information website and not an employer, then you dont deserve a job in the industry. All You Need to Know About Offshore Employment

What do you want to know about oil rig employment?

Are you looking for new oil rig employment? are you looking to change jobs? do you need answers to your questions?

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