|Quick Facts: Oil and Gas Workers|
$37,640 per year
$18.09 per hour
|Less than high school|
|See How to Become One|
|8% (Slower than average)|
Oil and gas workers carry out the plans for drilling that petroleum engineers have designed. They operate the equipment that digs the well and that removes the oil or gas.
Oil and gas workers often work in remote locations outdoors and around heavy machinery, so they must follow precautions. Most work full time, and they often work overtime.
Workers in oil and gas occupations usually must be at least 18 years old, be in good physical condition, and pass a drug test. A high school diploma is not necessarily required but is preferred by some employers.
The median annual wage of oil and gas workers was $37,640 in May 2010.
Employment of oil and gas workers is expected to increase by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Demand for oil and gas workers will depend on the demand for the products and services of two industries in particular: oil and gas extraction and support for mining activities.
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