Oil Rig Jobs

Just like with minerals, Western Australia is the major producer of crude oil and natural gas in Australia. With over 120million barrels of crude oil and 30 billion cubit barrels of natural gas being processed in 2007, there are a lot of opportunities for oil rig jobs  in the West.

What’s It Like Working On An Oil Rig?

Working on an offshore oil rig is not for everyone, the video below gives you a little sneak peak at life on board.

What is exciting and manageable for some people is scary for others. But if this looks like something you might be interested in, here is some more information.

What Type Of Work Is On Oil Rigs?

Do you need experience or special trade qualifications to get work on an offshore rig? Here are a few of the popular jobs on offer on an oil rig.

  • Cooks & Housekeeping
  • Roughnecks
  • Roustabouts
  • Painters
  • Welders

Where To Find Oil Rig Jobs

You have a couple of options when trying to find jobs on an offshore rig.

  1. Career Websites
    Whenever looking for a new job, a great place to start is with the more general jobs websites like Seek to get an overview – because they always have such a broad range of careers.Use the search feature to find the type of job you are looking for on an oil rig.
  2. Oil Companies
    If you know where you want to work and the companies that run the rigs that you want to work on then most likely these companies will have websites. Find their websites and they should have a section dedicated to available jobs.
  3. Recruitment Companies
    Most of these oil rigs are run by major global companies and a lot of these big businesses use mining recruitment companies to handle the hiring of their workers.


A lot of jobs on oil rigs are on a fly in fly out contract. You work your roster on board the rig and then they fly you home for your time off. FIFO jobs is great for families because you are not away for months on end.

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