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Become A Roughneck

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Working As A Roughneck

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $125,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Roughneck does

  • Assist as first responders for emergency situations and evacuation procedures.
  • Stayed in compliance with all safety equipment and OSHA regulations.
  • Worked with Connection of tanks and flow lines, using wrenches.
  • Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.
  • Trained new crew members on daily operations and safety standards.
  • Maintain 1600 HP 600 VAC electric mud pumps.
  • Assembled and took apart drilling rods and changed drill bits.
  • Assemble and torque drill string and Bottom Hole Assembly.
  • Maintain drilling equipment on the drill floor.
  • Handled and sorted drill tools; cleaned and maintained the drill rig area.
  • Work entailed heavy equipment 50 - 100 pounds.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on rig and promote workplace safety practices.
  • Assist Derrickman by maintaining proper mud weight during drilling operations.
  • trip pipe, run tongs, and monitor well for flow.
  • Assist in the operation and maintenance of degasser, deciliter, sand separator, shale shakers.
  • Drive fork lift to transport materials and well service equipment.
  • Assist Derrickhand with watching and maintaining mud pits and pumps.
  • Conduct pre-job and post tour safety meetings.
  • Work with crew and directional team to build the BHA.
  • Make and break drill pipe connections using power tongs.

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How To Become A Roughneck

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Roughneck Typical Career Paths

Roughneck Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Indonesian

  • Hawaiian

  • Turkish

  • Cherokee

  • Dakota

  • Croatian

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Top Skills for A Roughneck


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Top Roughneck Skills

  1. Flow Lines
  2. Assist Derrickhand
  3. Safety Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and by making visual inspections, and repair the leaks.
  • Assist Derrickhand with equipment maintenance and repairs while maintaining and inspecting systems with general upkeep.
  • Examine all safety equipment on the rig floor prior to use, ensuring they are in safe operating condition.
  • Position duties include assisting the driller during drilling operations, working on mud pumps, and changing out swabs etc.
  • Serviced oil and gas wells and maintained drilling equipment on the drill floor.

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