What kind of working conditions exist in an offshore oil rig?
The entry-level position in offshore oil rigs is called “roughneck". Accordingly, food provisions are described as both good and great and taken in clean dining areas, while the quarters are likewise clean and well-kept. Quarters are also described as cramped where privacy is said to be hard to come by. Nevertheless, oil rig companies provide gym and recreational facilities like satellite TV rooms.
Those who have had previous experiences working at these rigs share that they had to undergo rigorous psychological testing before they were hired. There will be times when roughneck jobs require the individual to be away from home for weeks since the offshore drilling vessel will not even be in sight of land to visit. The job requires long hours of work in all kinds of weather conditions and sometimes described as dangerous situations. There will even be times when oil rig workers can find themselves 100 miles offshore in the middle of a hurricane.
The oil industry all across the globe has a lot of job opportunities because entry-level jobs as roughnecks do not require college education. Employment opportunities are varied and lucrative particularly for those with bachelor’s degrees, Master’s and PhDs in the geosciences field. Hence, creating more jobs by opening new oil drilling sites off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts will only add to what is already considered in the oil industry, a major shortage of workers.
As a summary of our analysis, the positive effects of oil drilling are merely idealistic concepts that lacked support in terms of actual benefits to be gained. The promise of energy independence entails more than just additional oil drilling sites. Billions of dollars are involved just to see if the entire process of achieving energy independence can push through. One can take a look at other oil producing countries who seemed to have spent most of their resources for this; but their populace doesn't seem to benefit economically from it either. The promise of job creation involves mostly work that is touted as "not for everyone". There aren't too many that would be willing to brave the physical hardship and mental anguish of spending weeks and months, of not being able to see land or family. Their families on the other hand are in constant worry about the possible harms that can befall them. A discussion about the harms of oil drilling will take another article of course, because its list is longer than that of its benefits.
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