Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
55%
risk level
POLLING
57%
Based on 11 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
16.9%
by year 2032
WAGES
$58,210
or $27.98 per hour
Volume
11,510
as of 2023
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
4.8/10

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Automation risk

55% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

57% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 55% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Growth

Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas' job openings is expected to rise 16.9% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas' was $58,210, or $27 per hour

'Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas' were paid 21.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 11,510 people employed as 'Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 13 thousand people are employed as 'Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas'.

Job description

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud or fluid through drill hole.

SOC Code: 47-5011.00

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