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Toolpusher

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Toolpushers manage a team of workers on an oil rig or platform. They are second-in-command of the drilling crew, under the drilling superintendent, and are responsible for running drilling operations. Much of their work is administrative. Other terms used for this job include tourpusher and lead driller.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for toolpushers can range from about £30,000 to £45,000 a year, rising to around £55,000 with experience. Senior toolpushers can earn up to around £100,000 a year, sometimes more, especially when working in the Middle East. (In addition, employers provide accommodation and food, as well as warm and waterproof clothing.)

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

The UK oil and gas industry is located mainly off the east coast of Scotland and England. But there are also fields west of Shetland and in the Irish and North Seas. The employers in the industry include operating companies (usually oil companies) that hold exploration and production licences, drilling companies with contracts to do drilling work and a wide range of other major contractors and companies offering specialist technical services. There is a lot of competition for entry to this job. The main recruitment contacts in Scotland are in the Aberdeen area.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3193
2.2 %
RISE
2023
3263
  United Kingdom
2018
12840
3.5 %
RISE
2023
13292

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentStudents

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the chemical, nuclear, oil and gas extraction, petroleum and polymer industries.

Energy Institute
Tel: 020 7467 7100
E-mail: info@energyinst.org
Website: http://www.energyinst.org
Twitter: @EnergyInstitute

Oil & Gas UK
Tel: 01224 577250
E-mail: info@oilandgasuk.co.uk
Website: http://oilandgasuk.co.uk
Twitter: @oilandgasuk

OPITO
Tel: 01224 787800
E-mail: myoilandgascareer@opito.com
Website: http://www.opito.com
Website (2): http://www.myoilandgascareer.com/
Twitter: @OPITOGlobal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OPITOglobal

OPITO provides services to the oil and gas industry relating to health and safety, education and skills training.

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