There are job opportunities for the next thirty years with the North Dakota oil boom. If you are interested in working in the North Dakota oil fields, it’s not too late.
Let me put some things in perspective for any potential oil workers. Currently, North Dakota is the nation’s fourth largest oil producer. It is beat out by Texas. California, and then Alaska. By 2010 North Dakota had 5,349 oil producing wells. That was an increase of nearly 2,000 wells in three years.
David Hynek, one of the commissioners of Mountrail County says the new hydraulic fracking technology has changed the financial landscape of North Dakota. Mountrail currently boasts 800 wells, but oil executives tell the state infrastructure planners that there will be 6,000 more oil wells in five years. And they are told the county needs to begin planning for an additional 50,000 more people.
North Dakota Oil Boom Job Opportunities
What does this mean to oil boom job seekers? If you have been hard pressed finding work or you want to get into the oil drilling business, this is your opportunity. Things are not going to slow up anytime soon. This place is going to expand with jobs for the next thirty years.
Truthfully, there is a career planning opportunity here for those who seize the day. Some people want to build a quick nest egg of cash. You can do that. But you can also make serious plans for retiring in the oil fields of North Dakota. Or, you can see this as a stepping stone to other opportunities with major oil companies.
How To Seek A Job Amidst The North Dakota Oil Boom
1. Gather More Information – I have located a number of helpful sites to provide additional job information. You will find a clickable link at the end of each description.
- North Dakota Oil Field Jobs – is a site that provides current and relevant information on what is happening in the oil job market within North Dakota. This site is managed by a person who lives in the area. The site focuses on job opportunities, news, oil field life, housing and other related items. http://www.north-dakota-oil-field-jobs.com/
- Williston North Dakota Jobs – is a Williston community web site. Since Williston is one of the major work areas, they provide all kinds of current information that is relevant to potential workers. You will even find job postings on this site. http://www.willistonnd.com/
- Williston Herald – This is the local Williston North Dakota newspaper. You will discover a great deal of information online. This can be helpful in your planning process. There are many hidden tidbits of information within this online newspaper. http://www.willistonherald.com/
- Bakken Oil Field – This site is a community initiative to help educate people on what is happening in the Williston Oil Fields. They provide current news about oil work concerns as well as a variety of other insightful resources. It is worth your time to check it out. http://www.rockinthebakken.com/
- Talkin’ The Bakken – This is a monthly magazine published by the Williston Herald. It costs only $25 for 12 issues. The focus of the magazine is anything related to the oil fields in the Bakken. All of North Dakota falls within the scope of their topics. This magazine is delivered to your door step each month. https://willistonherald-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/subscription_services/talkinthebakken/
2. Plan a Trip – Based on all the information I’ve gathered, I think it would be unwise to immediately move your family. My suggestion would be to plan a road trip to locate a new job within the area.
I have heard a number of interviews on the news and YouTube where people recommend showing up to work. If you have a resume with some references, great. If you are dressed with work boots and gloves, that’s better. Many talk about being hired on the spot.
Whatever you do, plan on sleeping in your vehicle, tent, or trailer. And pack yourself some food. Things get very expensive the closer you get to the heart of the oil field.
Once you land a job or get a feel for the area, you can begin to think more about what your long-term living arrangements might be. The North Dakota oil boom has put a stranglehold on everything.
The oil boom has outgrown the infrastructure. Though money is being pumped in from the government as well as oil companies to rectify the situation. These are more long term measures to be certain.
If you are thinking about a future career, then you’ll need some serious patience. But the opportunities are here. The North Dakota oil boom is not coming to an end any time soon.
Some information was referenced from Jennifer Oldham’s Jan. 25th, 2012 article at: North Dakota Oil Boom Brings Blight.