9. The Oil Rig Worker
There’s obviously a lot of money in oil so everyone in the industry is raking in the cash. It would be unfair to compare it to other jobs in other industries, so we won’t. Within the oil sector, people working on the rigs make close to $100,000. Geologists make a little bit more than that but they also had to go to attend higher education. They likely also had to take specialty courses to get into the oil industry. Let’s face it, there are a lot of people who go into Geology. The pay can be high but the competition is fierce. Working your way up to the oil industry could take many additional years. The general geologist otherwise doesn’t make that much.
Usually, people who work on the oil rigs don’t need to have a bachelor’s degree. The foreman and superintendents, drillers, and managers usually don’t require an education. In lieu, they require experience.
These are 6 figure a year jobs and there is a high demand for oil rig workers. It will take years and experience of course but while working in the oil industry, you’re still going to be making decent money. Unlike a geologist, you’re not spending $150,000 on your education to examine specimens.
Other downer parts about being a rig worker are it’s lonely and dangerous. In North Dakota, nearly 18% per 100,000 workers had fatal accidents. The money is good but is it worth risking life and limb? Some think so.