Life on the oil rig is NOT your traditional 9 to 5. It’s about as adventurous of a job that you can get, where workers pull 12-hour shifts for weeks at a time before returning back home…

Conditions are rough, the hours are long, and time on the rig quickly eats into time with any family or friends back home. Despite these downsides, work on the rig really is a unique job.

There’s a ton of different job descriptions, such as those in the maintenance crew, mechanical engineers, petroleum engineers, and the rig managers.

A typical day starts with a meal in the cafeteria, followed by the daily routines typical of those in their respective job description.

For instance, a petroleum engineer might make check up on the systems in place and run some tests. Typical rig workers might do some maintenance on the rig itself, monitor weather patterns, and take care of tasks the manager delegates.

Workers can stay out on the rig for two weeks followed by a two-week break on land, which kind of makes up for the time away from family and friends.

On the rig itself, there’s a cafeteria, sleeping quarters, and even gym facilities for workers to stay active during their downtime. Despite the comfortable accommodations, space is cramped out there, so that can be stressful for those pursuing a career in this field.

Life on the rig has pros and cons, but for the adventurous spirit who wants something other than the typical 9 to 5, this might be the perfect option!

About The Author Thomas Kuegler

I am a full-time journalist, travel blogger, and digital nomad currently traveling the United States. I'm a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and my work has also been featured on sites like The Inquisitr and The Odyssey Online. Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and having uncontrollable fits of excitement whenever I see dogs. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Messiah College, and in the future I want to backpack Europe by myself, meeting amazing and wonderful people around every corner.