Career Profile

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Education No formal educational credential
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $58,100
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

General Information

Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area

5

Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 5 openings per year are projected for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas.

+16.8%

Employment Change

Employment for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 16.8% between 2022 and 2027.

$27.93

Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $27.93/hour. Entry level workers are paid $18.72, while experienced workers are paid $32.53. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 33 Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 38.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas are Support Activities for Mining, Oil and Gas Extraction, and Utility System Construction.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas include Mechanical, Mathematics, and Administration and Management.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas is HS diploma or less. 11% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET