Energy is in high demand all over the world, and oil and gas companies are booming. As a result, the need for qualified and licensed truck drivers to transport a wide variety of materials at a rig or drill site continues to grow. An ideal occupation for single men and women who don’t mind working in remote locations, oilfield truck driving positions offer job security and lots of opportunity to work overtime.
Generally, drivers need proper training, licensure, and mechanical knowledge of trucks and trailers. They should be prepared to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, ranging from hot temperatures in the summer to 40 degrees below zero in the winter at some job sites. Hours are often long and unpredictable, and some drivers work up to 70 hours per week. Shifts of three weeks (15 days) on, one week (six days) off are common, and many drivers work on an on-call basis. The pay is generally very good, ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 annually. How many other professions require about two weeks of training with an average starting salary of $50,000 a year or more?
Did you Know? The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, many of them in the oil and gas industry, will increase 21 percent between 2010 and 2020.