Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
SOC: 47-5071.00

Description:

Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
76,400 employed

Projected (2024):
82,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Casing Crew Pusher
  • Cathead Operator
  • Connection Worker
  • Derrick Hand
  • Derrick Worker
  • Drill Rig Operator
  • Drill Rig Operator Helper
  • Dumper-Bailer Operator
  • Floor Hand
  • Galley Hand
  • Gang Worker
  • Gun Perforator Loader
  • Internal Corrosion Specialist
  • Laborer
  • Oil Field Laborer
  • Oil Field Roustabout
  • Oil Field Worker
  • Oil Rig Roughneck
  • Oil Rigger
  • Operator
  • Production Roustabout
  • Rig Hand
  • Rigger
  • Roughneck
  • Roustabout
  • Roustabout Crew Leader
  • Roustabout Crew Pusher
  • Roustabout Hand
  • Roustabout Pusher
  • Tool Pusher
  • Well Service Floor Worker
  • Well Service Floorperson


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Clean up spilled oil by bailing it into barrels.
  • Unscrew or tighten pipes, casing, tubing, and pump rods, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts.
  • Move pipes to and from trucks, using truck winches and motorized lifts, or by hand.
  • Dismantle and repair oil field machinery, boilers, and steam engine parts, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Dig drainage ditches around wells and storage tanks.
  • Keep pipe deck and main deck areas clean and tidy.
  • Guide cranes to move loads about decks.
  • Supply equipment to rig floors as requested, and provide assistance to roughnecks.
  • Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete into forms to make foundations for wood or steel derricks.
  • Cut down and remove trees and brush to clear drill sites, to reduce fire hazards, and to make way for roads to sites.
  • Bolt or nail together wood or steel framework to erect derricks.
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and by making visual inspections, and repair the leaks.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air hoists
  • Air-powered sandblasters
  • Catheads
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Chipping hammers
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Deck grinders
  • Ear plugs
  • Electric hoists
  • Fall arresting lanyards
  • Filter presses
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Forklifts
  • Grease guns
  • Hammers
  • Hand operated spray guns
  • Handheld data loggers
  • Handheld grinders
  • Hard hats
  • High pressure steam cleaners
  • Hoisting hooks
  • Insulated protective coveralls
  • Laboratory funnels
  • Laboratory weighing scales
  • Motorized lifts
  • Mud agitators
  • Multi-gas sensors
  • Oxygen testers
  • Pelican hooks
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Pipe retrieval fishing tools
  • Post hole augers
  • Power impact wrenches
  • Rheometers
  • Safety belts
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety harnesses
  • Safety hooks
  • Safety lines
  • Scaffolding
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Shackles
  • Slings
  • Tongs
  • Truck winches
  • Viscometers
  • Enertia software
  • Maintenance record software
  • Maintenance software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580