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Oil and Gas Derrick Operators

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill holes.

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National Data
$28.72 / hour    Read more about wages


National Data
Growth rate:  29.7%    Read more about outlook


High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
  • Maintain drilling equipment.
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Job Title Examples:

Tool Pusher
Derrick Hand

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