Does anyone know the reason? I don't know much about it. Is it because not many people want to live on oil rigs
- Yeah it's because not many people want to live on oil rigsVote A
- It's for some other reason (tell me)Vote B
- Don't knowVote C
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It's very simple: Oil field work is dirty, dangerous, very physical, and most of it occurs in very isolated places in the world - often in countries that make Detroit look like a safe place for a family holiday.
People are maimed, burned, and killed on oil rigs on a not-so-rare basis. You are working with heavy equipment all the time, and a small mistake can have big consequences. And being that it's very physical work, you are often exhausted to the point of not wanting to do anything but rest once your shift is over.
You will have to work weeks or months at a time away from your families and friends, often in bad or extreme weather conditions (desert, ocean, arctic), and again, you might be in the Middle East, South America (lots of political instability in Venezuela and Brazil, where the oil is), Siberia, etc. Oil workers in foreign countries are targets for kidnappings and corruption.
There's a reason that relatively unskilled, uneducated laborers make so much money doing this job: it requires that much money to get people to DO the job and do it well enough and safe enough to make the industry work. If it wasn't so hard and dangerous, the pay would be lower to reflect that.1