Core Drillers


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Core Drillers

Core Drillers - At a Glance

Gas and oil drillers operate the equipment that is used to drill for gas and oil.

Quick Facts:  Gas and Oil Drillers
WagesEarn $34,708 - $44,211 per year
EmploymentVery small occupation
10 Year GrowthDeclining
Annual OpeningsFew

Preparation 

Preparation

The Preparation section describes the education, training, and experience you need to prepare for work in an occupation. This section covers the types of formal and informal training programs you should take. In addition, this topic covers the amount of experience you need to enter an occupation.

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A gas and oil driller typically needs to:

  • complete on-the-job training

Working Conditions 

Working Conditions

The Working Conditions section describes an occupation's characteristics. This section covers the conditions and settings that workers in an occupation are exposed to. This list also shows characteristics that a worker needs to do well in the occupation.

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In a typical work setting, gas and oil drillers:

  • Have a high level of job-required social contact. They work in teams of workers.
  • Nearly always work outdoors. Indoor sites are not likely to have heating or air conditioning.
  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Errors could have serious safety or environmental consequences.
  • Usually work more than 40 hours a week. More workers work overtime in this industry than in all other industries.

Wages 

Wages

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The Wage section gives you a sense of how much money workers earn in an occupation. Annual wage data appear for most occupations. The annual amount is based on working full time for 12 months.

Two types of information are given about wages--the median wage and the wage range. The median wage is represented by the line in the bar. The median wage is the amount above which half of all workers are paid and below which half of all workers are paid. This is similar to an average. The wage range from the 25% to the 75% is represented by the bar. The 25% means that one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn less than that amount. Similarly, one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn more than the 75%. Move your cursor over the bar to see the wage values.

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In Illinois, gas and oil drillers earn a median wage of $34,708 - $44,211 per year.

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Employment and Outlook 

Employment and Outlook

The Employment and Outlook section gives you information about the size of an occupation, whether it is growing or declining in size, and how many job openings there may be each year.

There are five size categories for occupations in CIS: very small, small, medium, large, and very large. Similarly, five categories are used for the number of job openings: very few, few, moderate, high, and very high.

Five categories are also used for growth: declining, more slowly than average, average, faster than average, and much faster than average. The growth rate tells you how rapidly an occupation is expected to grow in comparison to all other occupations. This information is an estimate. No one can predict exactly how many jobs will be available. The rate of growth of an occupation is determined by several factors. A few major factors are the state of the economy, competition, technological advances, and environmental rules.

For more information see the Employment and Outlook topic.

In Illinois, 762 gas and oil drillers work in this very small occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois762
Very small
-0.8%
Declining
25
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.