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8: Oil & Gas Well Operator
Median Salary: $72,800
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +17%
Total Employees: 19,600
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +47%
This category of workers include drillers, servicers and testers who operate and maintain the rigs that are the lifeblood of Canada’s energy industry. Some operators are on call 24 hours a day, and often work in remote locations for long stretches of time. If you aspire to work on (higher-paying) offshore rigs, you’d need several years of land experience in the same position before you can make the transition.