North Sea Oil Jobs
The North Sea is one of the most important oil producing regions in the world and contains Western Europe's largest oil and natural gas reserves. It is also one of the world's most important non-OPEC producing regions. Oil was discovered there as early as 1859 and it still continues to be a great source for oil and natural gas. The North Sea borders many European countries including Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and France.
Because of its importance in the world's oil production, there are always job opportunities. Every year the many companies with operations in the North Sea oil rigs hire trained and skilled personnel to needed for exploration, production and refining the crude oil. Roughnecks, tool pushers, geologists and petroleum engineers are always in demand to work on the drilling platforms--some come from all over the world just to work on rigs in the North Sea. Aside from its very good pay, many companies offer benefits and bonuses that make these jobs attractive. However, working on these platforms requires a lot of personal sacrifice. For one thing, many of the jobs themselves are hazardous and very difficult. Adherence to safety rules on the platforms is of the utmost importance. Secondly, some work is seasonal depending on the job. Many of the production jobs may not work every month. Some companies offer schedules where work is two weeks on and two weeks off which is helpful to those who have families back home. Many companies will pick up the expense of its workers flying home and returning back to work.
But with all this need for production workers, there is some skepticism regarding the future of the North Sea's oil production. Some experts claim that the amount of discovered oil is on the decline and not what some initially estimated. Also, many believe that wind power may be the new "oil" although it is still in somewhat of a testing stage.
Whatever critics and experts may say, the fact is that there is still oil to be drilled and the fields that are currently developed are set to produce beyond 2040. And that means many jobs over the next several decades.
Oil Pipeline Jobs
Oil is mostly found in remote or offshore locations. The crude oil which is extracted has to be transported to refineries to make it into the different petroleum products which are used. Pipelines are the most inexpensive and safest methods of transferring oil from the excavating site or rig to...