“We actually have probably between 2,000 and 3,000 job openings in Williston right now”

This a quote from Ward Koeser, the mayor of Williston, from September 2011.
It is a classic example of how many jobs exist in oil bearing states.

If you google any information about employment in North Dakota, or any of the cities such as Williston (Waltford City, Minot, Grenora) you can see the massive oil boom that North Dakota is faced with. What this means as a job-seeker out looking for employment is high wages and large amounts of available jobs.

Oil booms can create large gaps in the workfoce, substantially increasing wages for all jobs.

“Many of the highest-paying jobs are at oil companies, where workers make an average salary of about $100,000, often with little-to-no experience or need for a college degree.”
This is a quote from CNN Money (found here), and it is completely correct! Wages for typical drilling rigs run in that range as a starting rate, when you factor in the amount of overtime worked. As a job seeker in the oil and gas industry, especially in North Dakota, you can expect to be bombarded with job offers from companies in all aspects of the industry, and even outside of the industry.

“Believe it or not, a place exists where companies are hiring like crazy, and you can make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour waiting tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks.”
Says another CNN website (found here), showing the direct correlation between oil and all jobs in the area”s consumed by the industry.

If you are looking for work, or looking for better paying jobs than what are offered in your area, you should be looking at the oil and gas areas, especially North Dakota.
Unlike Texas, North Dakota is a small pond for companies to draw workers from, which causes higher wages and people to gravitate from other jobs in the area to the oilfield looking for better paying employment. This naturally creates a worker void that increases wages, such as the $15/hr serving taco”s at tacotime.

Even if you are not capable to work directly in the field, on a drilling rig, driving truck, etc. there are jobs in North Dakota that can still bring in up to 2 or 3 times what you are probable making in your area now.

“You just have to move to North Dakota. Specifically, to one of the tiny towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation, estimated to hold anywhere between 4 billion and 24 billion barrels of oil.” – CNN money (found here)

When you get a chance, take a look at the job postings page on North-Dakota-Oil.com (found here) to see if there is something that applies to you.

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