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If you have a high school diploma and want to break in to the oil industry your best bet is to seek employment on an oil rig as a leasehand. This entry level job in oil consists of long hours, hard labor and relatively low pay but is a great way to start on a career in the oil and gas industry. A drilling rig will often have one or two leasehands, or roustabouts, on a deck crew to assist the roughnecks and drillers with many manual labor tasks including cleaning, hauling, loading and unloading and driving trucks. Though an unsung spot on the oil rig team, a rugged leasehand is always in need and if you want to get started on a career in the oil industry, finding work as leasehand or roustabout is your ticket in. Responsible for all the general labor and maintenance on a rig site, a leasehand is basically a paid apprentice on a drill rig and in return for performing the bulk of the hard labor gets a hands-on education about the oil field industry so he can eventually be promoted to floorhand and then on to roughneck, motorman and Derrick Hand. The leasehand job isn't easy and it takes strong physical stamina to endure the long hours, harsh conditions and intense work load. A typical leasehand will be asked to handle a variety of general labor duties including but not limited to: loading and unloading trucks, digging ditches, scrubbing oil equipment, transporting supplies and materials, cleaning the drill rig site and assisting floorhands and roughnecks with any and all additional oil drilling tasks. The low man on the oil rig totem pole, a leasehand will also be expected to handle the onsite housekeeping including taking out trash, making coffee for the crew and being a gofer for the rig crew members. However, by being involved with every aspect of the oil rig drilling a leasehand gains valuable experience very quickly and can usually be promoted within a few months depending on the company and the crew turnover. Alberta Canada is a great place to seek out work as a leasehand. With the new exploration and drilling projects in Alberta, leasehands are in high demand and every rig crew can always use a skilled laborer to assist with the heavy workload on a drill site. Depending on where you work and the company you work for a leasehand can earn an annual wage anywhere between $45,000 to $60,000 USD. An oil leasehand will also get the opportunity to work plenty of overtime which can increase their wages significantly. If you don't have a degree from college in science or engineering but still want to work in the oil industry, consider getting started as an oil leasehand.
 
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