Also known as Pulling Unit Operator, Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman, Rig Operator, Service Operator, Service Rig Operator, Tool Pusher, Well Servicing Rig Operator, Wireline Operator
Also known as Pulling Unit Operator, Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman, Rig Operator
Service Rig Operators operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells.
In addition, Service Rig Operators includes fishing-tool technicians.
Service Rig Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Service Rig Operators. More generally, Service Rig Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Service Rig Operator is $47,380, and the average salary is $52,510. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Service Rig Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Service Rig Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Service Rig Operators earn less than $31,400 per year, 25% earn less than $37,220, 75% earn less than $62,420, and 90% earn less than $79,750.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Service Rig Operators is expected to change by 22.7%, and there should be roughly 6,600 open positions for Service Rig Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Service Rig Operator are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Service Rig Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Service Rig Operators typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Service Rig Operator tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Service Rig Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Service Rig Operators moderately value 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.
Lastly, Service Rig Operators moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Service Rig Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, initiative, and leadership.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Service Rig Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Service Rig Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Service Rig Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Service Rig Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, mathematics, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Service Rig Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Service Rig Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Service Rig Operators need abilities such as problem sensitivity, control precision, and arm-hand steadiness in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Service Rig Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Service Rig Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Service Rig Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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