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    The oil and gas industry is an intensive one, requiring support and services from thousands of businesses, which translates into jobs – lots of them. In North Dakota, one in seven jobs is supported by the oil and gas industry, ranging from manual labor to skilled tradesmen and women to professionals of from every industry and sector.

     

    Employment Numbers at a Glance:

    • The industry supported 81,000 total jobs in 2013, including 55,137 direct jobs and 26,403 indirect jobs;
    • Oil and gas accounts for 20 percent of all North Dakota jobs;
    • Each drilling rigs supports 177 total jobs;
    • Each producing well supports 2.4 total jobs.

     

    Wages:

    The oil and gas industry also boosts wages in many areas. In 2013, counties located within the Bakken Resource Play had some of the highest wages in the country:

    Top 10 earning counties in ND
    2012 1992
    State Rank National Rank Avg. AGI   National
    Rank
    Avg. AGI
    1 11 McKenzie County (Watford City) $133,898 1,376 $44,849
    2 14 Williams County (Williston $130,625 1,025 $47,436
    3 27 Dunn County (Killdeer) $109,797 2,662 $36,221
    4 37 Mountrail County $101,813 1,873 $41,510
    5 48 Steele County (Finley) $96,976 1,029 $47,401
    6 63 Stark County (Dickinson) $90,602 1,431 $44,536
    7 66 Billings County (Medora) $89,600 1,720 $42,526
    8 74 Divide County (Crosby) $87,474 1,477 $44,127
    9 109 Burke County (Portal) $79,443 1,959 $40,928
    10 128 Cavalier County (Langdon) $76,333 1,064 $47,179

     

    In 2014, the average wage in the oil and gas industry in the U.S. was $99,841 – 109 percent above the statewide average wage of $47,779.

     

    Resources for finding your oil and gas job or career in North Dakota:

    Job Service North Dakota

    Command Center

    Oil and Gas Workforce

    Midwest Oil Jobs

    North Dakota Oil Jobs

    WillistonLife.com

     

    Oilfield Job Descriptions

    Confused about what roustabouts, pumpers, and muddloggers?  Developed by API, this website offers a guide to some of the responsibilities different industry jobs may entail. The listing includes job description, typical education, typical location, and the job family.