Career Profile

Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas

Education High school diploma or equivalent
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $49,700
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Earth Drillers (Except Oil and Gas) operate a variety of drills to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction.

General Information

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area

14

Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 14 openings per year are projected for Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas.

+12.7%

Employment Change

Employment for Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 12.7% between 2022 and 2027.

$23.90

Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $23.90/hour. Entry level workers are paid $18.67, while experienced workers are paid $26.52. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 91 Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 103.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas are Utility System Construction, Other Specialty Trade Contractors, and Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas include Mechanical, Administration and Management, and Transportation.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Earth Drillers, Ex. Oil and Gas is HS diploma or less. 15% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET