Service Unit Operators (Oil, Gas, and Mining)

What Service unit operators Do

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. Includes fishing-tool technicians.

Service unit operator Salaries

  • 2020 employment: 43,100
  • May 2021 median annual wage: $48,410

Job Outlook for Service unit operators

Projected employment change, 2020-30:

  • Number of new jobs: 9,800
  • Growth rate: 23 percent (Much faster than average)

How to Become a Service unit operator

Education and training:

  • Typical entry-level education: No formal educational credential
  • Work experience in a related occupation: None
  • Typical on-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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