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Today, I'm going to talk to you about getting employed on an offshore oil rig. Many people think that it is a lot harder than it actually is. There are many false statements being made that are taken as truth. I'm writing today to dispel some of those myths.

A lot of people will tell you that it is virtually impossible to get a oil career job offshore unless you already know someone who is working offshore on a rig. Now let me tell you, while it is certainly EASIER to get hired in any of the offshore oil & gas jobs if you know someone (as it is with every job) it definitely isn't necessary. So the term "it isn't what you know, it's who you know" only partially fits in this case. However, you can't just get hired, and then automatically go to work on a rig. First you have to go through a certification and training class called Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training. Or BOSIET for short.

While in BOSIET training, you will learn about the many hazards and safety precautions of working offshore. This training and certification class includes both written and physical tests. The most frightening of these tests for many recruits in their oil job search is the helicopter safety and escape portion. During this test, the candidates are strapped into a mock helicopter and lowered into water. Once in the water, the helicopter is then dropped and quickly spun upside down. It is then that the candidates must un-strap themselves and escape to the surface.

Once BOSIET certification is acquired the workers may then begin their offshore oil & gas jobs. Most workers will begin with an entry level position which can include many jobs such as a maintenance roustabout, roustabout, a welder, scaffolder, or painter. There are a variety of offshore oil jobs available, and to name them all would take much too long.

Many of these jobs have a rotation of two weeks offshore working, and two weeks on land back at home. This fits many people's lifestyle, while others simply can not deal with being away for that long at a time. Also, it is widely known that the pay for offshore oil work is, by most people's standards, very good. Entry level offshore oil & gas jobs do not require a four year degree as most people assume. Most offshore oil jobs only require a high school diploma or a GED. Good luck to you in your gulf jobssearch.


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