Oil field companies across the U.S. and Canada are in dire need of truck drivers, yet there still seems to be a shortage within this industry. Working the "Patch," as it's often referred to, tends to get in your blood and stay there, according to this blogger. No matter what you've heard about the good, the bad, and the ugly, here are the top three reasons why working as an oilfield truck driver could be one of the most rewarding careers you ever have.
Make a Great Salary
Although you're likely to put in some long days and extensive hours, according to the Quartz website, the pay is certainly worth it. You may be single or you may have a family to support. Either way, you won't be starving if you bring home more than six figures a year.
Don't expect to be offered this on the spot, though. You have to be ready to prove your skills, your reliability, and your dedication to the industry if you want to be making over $120,000 like the average oil field worker in Alberta. But the high pay is out there for the person who knows how to play their cards right. No doubt about it.
Be Part of a Thriving Industry Making Continual Technological Advances
The oil sands in Canada play a major part in multiple industries, providing energy to all parts of the country. In fact, Time Magazine recently dubbed the oil sands as "Canada's greatest buried energy treasure."
For those who don't know, oil sand is made up of sand and other minerals that are coated with a thin layer of bitumen, a highly viscous type of oil. This bitumen must be treated before being utilized by refineries and ultimately sold as fuel and gasoline. Based on advances in technology, new methods are constantly being studied and implemented to find the latest, greatest ways to make this oil usable in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way. For example, in the 1960's when it was discovered that lead in gasoline is harmful not only to humans but also the environment, lead was no longer allowed to be added to gasoline.
Being a part of an industry that plays such a vital role in how the world operates and changes over time can have major intrinsic rewards.
Always Have a Job, No Matter What Happens to the Fuel Industry
While there are oil sands all over the world, the Athabasca deposits in Alberta are the largest and most developed. This area also employs the most technologically advanced practices for extracting crude oil. Furthermore, Canada is an area full of jobs known to pay above average for anyone in the industry. And the demand is so high, not everyone needs to have a class one license to get hired as a trucker. Many companies are willing to train you on the inside. The bottom line is that every company like Hitch 'Em Oilfield Hauling needs truck drivers and there is never a shortage of work.
According to Bennett Jones, it has been estimated that oil extracted throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan will meet 16% of North America's demand by the year 2020. That's the equivalent of almost 4 million barrels of oil production each day. By the year 2030, the demand for oil is expected to reach over 100 million barrels per day. Further estimates indicate that only about 4% of the naturally occurring bitumen has already been pulled from the ground. And AOL jobs predicts that this demand will create 1.3 million additional jobs in the oil industry by the year 2020.
Oil sands have been extremely useful, not just in a modern sense but also historically. Bitumen has been found on uncovered stone tools of the Neanderthals. It's also been discovered as a waterproofing substance on buildings and boats thousands of years ago. In Egypt, bitumen was part of the mummification process. But that's the past. So what does that mean for the future of crude oil?
Basically, crude oil production isn't going anywhere, at least not any time soon. No matter what happens to the fuel industry and the future of oil as we know it, there most certainly will be a demand for the foreseeable future.