Every day throughout the world, men and women alike are wondering just what it takes to get employed on an offshore oil rig, and what life is like offshore. There are many rumors surrounding these ideas. One of those rumors is that it is nearly impossible to get employed on an offshore oil rig without some kind of four-year degree.
I’m here to tell you that no degree is necessary. It is definitely possible to get aboard an offshore oil rig with nothing more than a high school diploma or a GED. With these qualifications, you will start off in one of the many entry-level positions.
Even though these gulf jobs are entry-level, that doesn’t mean the pay is small. By most people’s standards, with no four-year degree, the pay for offshore work is some of the highest available for someone with no prior experience.
Also, due to the news media over the last couple of years, many people are concerned about the dangers of working on an offshore oil rig. The truth must be told. There are certainly dangers working on a rig. But there are also dangers in driving a cab in New York City.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a job that didn’t have its inherent dangers. However, before you can begin work on an offshore oil rig, you must pass a safety certification course. Taking and passing this course will make you that much safer while you are out there working in the middle of the ocean.
This test consists of several written parts. It also consists of some intense helicopter safety training. During the helicopter safety training, you will be strapped into a large contraption that resembles the inside of a helicopter. You will then be lowered into water, and turned upside down.
It is then up to you to unstrap yourself, and escape to the surface. This demonstration is reminiscent of a helicopter crash into the ocean.
If you can pass all of the required training certification, you are ready to begin one of the most intense and rewarding gulf news jobs available. For most people, you are on a schedule of two weeks on the rig, and two weeks back home. I’ve found that while on the rig, many people miss the comforts of home, but once home, the boredom sets in and you are ready to get back out on the rig with your friends and co-workers.