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Old 11-07-2011, 01:51 PM
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Attention Job Seekers....

The unemployment rate in western Oklahoma is currently 2.6%. Another way of saying that is that there are way more jobs than there are people to fill them.

There is not much out that way, but Oklahoma City is only about two hours away.

Most of the higher paying jobs are in the oil business which might require special skills, but a lot of oil field jobs can be filled by anyone with a good head on their shoulders.

Anyway, if you are looking then it is best to search where the jobs are even if there is not much else there.

Hopefully someone will find this useful.

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Old 11-07-2011, 01:56 PM
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:59 PM
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Another good place for oil jobs, but ND is even more remote than Western Oklahoma.

However, if you ever get into the oil business, at least in the field operations part of it, you need to understand that you will be spending a lot of time in places where there is just not much of nothing.

You will not be going to the ends of the Earth, but you will be able to see it from there.
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It doesn't take a whole lot of smarts for alot of those jobs, but if you're afraid of HARD work, don't bother applying.

The roughnecks are the ones that come to mind and they have to work about as hard as any job I can think of. They're usually not the most graceful, the most educated or the most polished, but they prove day in and day out that they are NOT afraid of hard work. I admire them for that.

The guys on the rig work in ALL weather. Even if they're stripping pipe at full tilt, if it comes snow or hail or driving thunderstorm, they keep stripping pipe. As a group, they're about as tough as they come.

In the oil boom of the early eighties I worked in engineering for an oil well logging company that developed their own technology. THAT would be the side of the business to be in. I remember one of our wireline trucks had a bumper sticker on the back that read: "Don't tell my Momma that I'm oilfield trash, she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse."
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:00 PM
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:26 PM
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There are also jobs in the services business, which in the oil industry means Baker-Hughes or Halliburton.

Work like this is always interesting, but you are expected to put in a full days work for a full days pay. If you see these folks standing around it is usually because there is a safety issue that needs to be taken care of before they can continue.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:56 PM
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Problem is a lot of people lack the gumption to up and move to get a good paying job, also they don't like to work.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:15 PM
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Working outside in ND is definitely for the hardy. Same goes for Minnesota in the winter.
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There are also jobs in the services business, which in the oil industry means Baker-Hughes or Halliburton.

Work like this is always interesting, but you are expected to put in a full days work for a full days pay. If you see these folks standing around it is usually because there is a safety issue that needs to be taken care of before they can continue.

In the case of services people standing around, it can be due to many things. I went out on a wireline truck twice just for the experience. Both times when we arrived, the crew was buisy stripping pipe so that we could log the open hole. We leaned on the truck and watched. It was better entertainment than any ball game I've ever been to. The roughnecks are amazing.

The company I worked for, Gearhart is now owned by Halliburton, and yes, the services side is definitely the best side of the business. I was going great guns in it until the oil bust of the early eighties. We went from a 5,000 employee company to almost nothing in about six months. They were laying off about 250 every Wednesday.

If anyone reading this decides to jump into this business, make SURE you put aside a good portion of your paycheck as an emergency fund. It is highly likely that something will come along and slam the brakes on the domestic drilling business. It happens about every 20 or 30 years.
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If only Dumberica was putting as much energy (pun intended) and effort into building alternative energy infrastructure and nuclear power plants. Pretty sad, really.
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If only Dumberica was putting as much energy (pun intended) and effort into building alternative energy infrastructure and nuclear power plants. Pretty sad, really.

How is this sad? You don't think that the roughnecks EARN their money?

This country runs on petroleum. When alternative energy sources become economically viable, something will take it's place. In the interim, we drill and pump and the people who work their butts off to make it happen deserve a paycheck.

Somewhere in our future, there is a budding Thomas Edison that will come up with something and hopefully he will be justly rewarded for it.

Nothing sad about it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:14 AM
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How is this sad? You don't think that the roughnecks EARN their money?

This country runs on petroleum. When alternative energy sources become economically viable, something will take it's place. In the interim, we drill and pump and the people who work their butts off to make it happen deserve a paycheck.

Somewhere in our future, there is a budding Thomas Edison that will come up with something and hopefully he will be justly rewarded for it.

Nothing sad about it.
The damn politicians effin' drink and eat oil for tea. I totally respect that everyone has to make economic decisions for their own survival, but we're all pretty enslaved to the petroleum industry.

If everything were laid out on an equal footing, solar, wind, nuclear, you name it, I bet petroleum wouldn't even make it into the top three.
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Kuan,

Unlike you, I am not TOTALLY sure of the REASON, but your statement is correct otherwise. Like it or not, at this point in time, we are petroleum dependent. Economics will drive the next step. The government is TRYING to drive it elsewhere, but until it is economically justifiable it won't happen.
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Kuan,

Unlike you, I am not TOTALLY sure of the REASON, but your statement is correct otherwise. Like it or not, at this point in time, we are petroleum dependent. Economics will drive the next step. The government is TRYING to drive it elsewhere, but until it is economically justifiable it won't happen.
Our government isn't doing jack***** to "drive" anything anywhere. They're making a few token gestures to make environmentalists think that they're supporting alternatives. If they were serious, fossil fuels for non-farm use would cost at least $10/gal now, 75% of that being due to taxes!
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:04 AM
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Unlike you, I am not TOTALLY sure of the REASON
OK you're right. I'm stretching it a bit. Fact is oil is a dominating force in the world economy, and it just makes sense to sleep with whoever has the money.

That's my conclusion from putting myself in the shoes of someone who has a lot to lose from not fraternizing with the big boys.

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