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47-5071.00 - Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

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

Sample of reported job titles: Floor Hand, Galley Hand, Oil Field Roustabout, Production Roustabout, Rig Hand, Roustabout, Roustabout Crew Leader, Roustabout Crew Pusher, Roustabout Hand, Roustabout Pusher

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Tasks

  • Keep pipe deck and main deck areas clean and tidy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unscrew or tighten pipes, casing, tubing, and pump rods, using hand and power wrenches and tongs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and by making visual inspections, and repair the leaks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move pipes to and from trucks, using truck winches and motorized lifts, or by hand. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide cranes to move loads about decks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supply equipment to rig floors as requested, and provide assistance to roughnecks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle and repair oil field machinery, boilers, and steam engine parts, using hand tools and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean up spilled oil by bailing it into barrels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dig drainage ditches around wells and storage tanks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bolt or nail together wood or steel framework to erect derricks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut down and remove trees and brush to clear drill sites, to reduce fire hazards, and to make way for roads to sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete into forms to make foundations for wood or steel derricks. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Centrifugal pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Demolition hammers — Chipping hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Downhole fishing poles — Pipe retrieval fishing tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fall protection lanyard — Fall arresting lanyards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Filter presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Hand operated spray guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Air hoists; Electric hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Power impact wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Insulated or flotation suits — Insulated protective coveralls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Laboratory weighing scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifelines or lifeline equipment — Safety lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifting hooks — Hoisting hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Motorized lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mud agitators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Multi-gas sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oilfield production spoolers — Catheads See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Air-powered sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld data loggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Post hole digger — Post hole augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Deck grinders; Handheld grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — High pressure steam cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rheometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Safety belts; Safety harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety hooks — Pelican hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shackle — Shackles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Viscometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Truck winches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Maintenance software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Enertia software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Maintenance record software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble products or production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain extraction or excavation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install plumbing or piping. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dig holes or trenches. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 99% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 90% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 68% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 61% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 67% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 57% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 71% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 48% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 60% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 34% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 54% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 31% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 37% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Public Speaking — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 26% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 32% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 26% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
49   Less than high school diploma
41   High school diploma or equivalent Help
10   Some college, no degree

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $17.20 hourly, $35,780 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 61,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 27,900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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