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Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
SOC Code: 47-5071.00

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


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

Technology Skills

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Maintenance software; SAP software
  • Inventory management software - Enertia
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Maintenance record software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

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


  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.


  • 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.

Work Context

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


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

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.77 hourly, $36,960 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 50,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 8,000

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