Oil Field Jobs
Almost everywhere you can think of, oil field jobs are amongst the highest paid jobs in the manual labour sector. The reasoning behind the high salaries that are paid is the fact that you spend a long time away from home, in isolated parts of the world, doing a job that potentially could be very dangerous. Many people will do a short time on any of the oil fields and then decide they cannot handle the fact that they will not see their families for months at a time. Others spend year after year, often travelling to different parts of the world, working in the oil industry.
A recent survey recently listed oil field jobs as being in the top five most dangerous full-time jobs, and even with most oil fields having impressive safety records, when something goes wrong, it can have disastrous consequences. A few years ago, in a major storm, a North Sea oil rig, cut-off from the rest of the world due to the storm, experienced a massive fire, which took nearly 48 hours to bring under control. The people on the oil rig were trapped and should the fire not been brought under control, they would have surely perished. The weather had been too severe to mount a rescue operation until two days later, when the sea and wind had calmed enough for helicopters and boats to rush to the scene. With only minor injuries, the whole crew were extremely lucky to escape with their lives.
Many think oil field jobs are a quick way to make some extra money before giving it up and going into another career. This is not the case. The training involved is intense, and the selection process just as tough. To be a successful driller takes many years of experience and many people are too impatient and want to start immediately, with no regard to safety or the millions of dollars of equipment involved that they would have direct responsibility of.
Another important career working in the oil industry is the geologist. This person and his team take core samples from the ocean bed or on land, searching for a minute trace of oil. Once this is found, the search for oil begins in earnest. The oil find has to be evaluated to determine if it would be cost effective to open up a new oil field once oil has been found, and often these will be ignored until later if only a small find.
It is fairly obvious what the job of a cook will entail, but if you have skills in this area would you consider working on an oil rig to put them to the test? It certainly provides an altogether different environment from where many other cooks work, and yet it is...