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Overview

All Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

  • $2,500 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Drillers

  • 6,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 67 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Drillers assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and related equipment, to extract ore, liquids or gases from the earth.

Specialisations: Directional Driller, Exploration Driller, Jumbo Operator, Power Tong Operator, Raise Drill Operator, Rig Manager, Rock Drill Operator, Stope Miner, Tool Pusher.

You can work as a Driller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in drilling oil & gas (on shore) or drilling operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Dismantles moves and reassembles drilling rigs and accessory plant.
  • Takes samples of ore, liquids and gases and packages them.
  • Performs minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricates and cleans plant.
  • Records performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeps logs detailing operations.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Driller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in drilling oil & gas (on shore) or drilling operations may be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers who are reliable, committed to the job and have a good work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    71% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Education and training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Personnel and human resources

    47% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  6. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. Psychology

    38% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  8. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  9. Transportation

    37% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  10. Customer and personal service

    36% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  11. Engineering and technology

    36% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  12. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Physics

    29% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Building and construction

    25% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  15. English language

    24% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  16. Clerical

    24% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Medicine and dentistry

    23% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  18. Geography

    23% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  19. Law and government

    21% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Communications and media

    20% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  5. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Management of personnel resources

    46% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  8. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  9. Repairing

    46% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  10. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  12. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  16. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  17. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  18. Active listening

    41% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  19. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  20. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Selective attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  2. Control precision

    54% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  3. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  5. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Multilimb coordination

    50% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  7. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Auditory attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  9. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  10. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Rate control

    46% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  14. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  16. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Reaction time

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Speech clarity

    38% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    86% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    81% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    72% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Checking for errors or defects

    71% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    69% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  7. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Driving vehicles or equipment

    65% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    64% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Coordinating the work of a team

    60% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  12. Guiding and directing staff

    59% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Researching and investigating

    59% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  17. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Leading and encouraging a team

    55% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    49% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    97% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  5. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Health and safety of others

    97% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    94% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Impact of decisions

    93% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Responsible for outcomes

    92% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  11. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    91% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  12. Frequent decision making

    90% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Consequence of error

    89% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    88% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  16. Dangerous equipment

    88% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  17. Competition

    87% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  19. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  20. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Achievement

    38% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5012.00 - Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas.

All Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

  • $2,500 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Drillers

  • 6,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 67 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Drillers assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and related equipment, to extract ore, liquids or gases from the earth.

Specialisations: Directional Driller, Exploration Driller, Jumbo Operator, Power Tong Operator, Raise Drill Operator, Rig Manager, Rock Drill Operator, Stope Miner, Tool Pusher.

You can work as a Driller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in drilling oil & gas (on shore) or drilling operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Dismantles moves and reassembles drilling rigs and accessory plant.
  • Takes samples of ore, liquids and gases and packages them.
  • Performs minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricates and cleans plant.
  • Records performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeps logs detailing operations.

You can work as a Driller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in drilling oil & gas (on shore) or drilling operations may be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers who are reliable, committed to the job and have a good work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    71% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Education and training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Personnel and human resources

    47% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  6. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. Psychology

    38% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  8. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  9. Transportation

    37% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  10. Customer and personal service

    36% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  11. Engineering and technology

    36% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  12. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Physics

    29% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Building and construction

    25% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  15. English language

    24% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  16. Clerical

    24% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Medicine and dentistry

    23% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  18. Geography

    23% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  19. Law and government

    21% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Communications and media

    20% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  5. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Management of personnel resources

    46% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  8. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  9. Repairing

    46% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  10. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  12. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  16. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  17. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  18. Active listening

    41% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  19. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  20. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Selective attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  2. Control precision

    54% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  3. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  5. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Multilimb coordination

    50% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  7. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Auditory attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  9. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  10. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Rate control

    46% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  14. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  16. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Reaction time

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Speech clarity

    38% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    86% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    81% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    72% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Checking for errors or defects

    71% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    69% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  7. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Driving vehicles or equipment

    65% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    64% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Coordinating the work of a team

    60% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  12. Guiding and directing staff

    59% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Researching and investigating

    59% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  17. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Leading and encouraging a team

    55% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    49% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5012.00 - Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    97% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  5. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Health and safety of others

    97% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    94% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Impact of decisions

    93% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Responsible for outcomes

    92% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  11. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    91% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  12. Frequent decision making

    90% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Consequence of error

    89% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    88% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  16. Dangerous equipment

    88% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  17. Competition

    87% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  19. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  20. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Achievement

    38% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5012.00 - Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas.
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