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Mudlogger

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Mudloggers collect samples of drilling fluid (mud) pushed up the drill pipe from the well deep underground, and then record these in sequence (known as a mudlog) for analysis. They also detect any dangerous issues that affect work at the well site. They present a geological record of the drilled well and indicate if its oil and gas levels make it profitable.

Alternate job titles are logging geologist, mudlogging geologist or mudlogging technician.

The Work

A mudlog details all drilling activity at the well, such as drill cutting rate, speeds and times, depths, mud characteristics and the presence of gas and oil. Mudlogging is also known as hydrocarbon well logging.

You could be:

Pay

Starting pay for mudloggers is around £25,000 to £30,000 a year, rising to around £45,000 a year with experience. With substantial experience earnings can rise to £60,000 a year or more.

Food, travel and accommodation expenses are usually covered by employers.

Conditions

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Getting In

Mudloggers work mostly for smaller companies who are subcontracted by larger oil and gas companies. There are opportunities on North Sea oil rigs and in the Middle East, South America or Africa.

Jobs are usually advertised on specialist sites such as Oil and Gas Job Search, myOilandGasCareer.com, Rigzone and Energyjobline.

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
3460
1.4 %
RISE
2023
3507
  United Kingdom
2018
27795
3.3 %
RISE
2023
28715

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What Does it Take?

You will need:

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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