I know oilfield workers can’t be lumped into any one group – they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There is a vast range of jobs included in the “oilfield” and the workers are just as varied. They range from the lowest rig hand to the highest CEO. From production, to service, to transportation. They’re everywhere from Africa to the North Pole. I usually don’t appreciate generalizations (particularly the phrase “oilfield trash” that we’ve ALL heard), however, here is my list of 9 things I love about all oilfield men…
#9. Oilfield workers are selfless. They sacrifice themselves for the sake of their families, the company, and the greater good.
#8. Oilfield workers are real men. They know how to work. Even men in the supervisor and manager positions can get out in the field and get to work. They are all manly men who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty.
#7. Oilfield workers provide a good or service that everyone depends on. We need them. Even people that are anti-oilfield rely on their cars and plastic products, therefore oilfield workers are vital to everyone’s lives and well-being.
#6. Oilfield workers are hard workers. Their jobs are not easy. The hours long. They must be able to work hard – or they won’t make it as an oilfield worker.
#5. Oilfield workers are strong. They have be tough both physically and mentally. It’s hard to be away from family, friends, and loved ones. The slow downs and slumps and rough financially. The politics are annoying. The work is dangerous. You have to be strong to work in the oilfield.
#4. Oilfield workers do real work for real money. There’s no pyramid schemes, no social networking, and no online marketing involved in their jobs. They just go to work and work. They do their jobs without pestering people to join their team, like their page, or buy their product. Honest. Simple. Refreshing.
#3. Oilfield workers go the distance for their career. Literally. They commute, travel, transfer, relocate, go to undesirable locations, whatever they need to do.
#2. Oilfield workers take the heat of all the environmentalists and politicians that like to throw the oilfield under the bus. Oilfield men are used to being the bad guy – the dark horse. The oilfield as a whole gets blamed for everything from pollution, to high gas prices, to global warming and everything in between. Oilfield men have thick skin. They take the bad rap and keep on working.
#1. They look really good in their hardhats and coveralls. ~wink wink~
What do you love about oilfield men?