Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.

Median Annual Wage: $35,780

Education: Less than high school diploma (49%); High school diploma or equivalent (41%); Some college, no degree (10%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Floor Hand; Roustabout; Roustabout Pusher; Roustabout Hand; Oil Field Roustabout; Roustabout Crew Leader; Roustabout Crew Pusher; Rig Hand; Production Roustabout; Galley Hand

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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