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A Guide to Careers in the Offshore Industry

  • Written by Mike Tann
  • 25/10/2023
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Are you intrigued by the idea of a career in the offshore industry, but unsure where to start or what roles are available?

The offshore industry encompasses a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, renewable energy, subsea exploration, and more. This dynamic industry operates on and beneath the world's oceans, making it a hub for innovation and adventure.

There are plenty of exciting opportunities in the offshore sector, each with its unique set of challenges and rewards. In this guide, we'll give you an insight into some of the careers available.

Why Should I Choose The Offshore Industry?

Offshore careers can be demanding due to the remote locations and challenging environments. However, they offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You’ll get the chance to visit many different locations and see the world as you work – an opportunity that not many people will experience.

Skilled Trades

If you work in the trades industry, you likely already have skills that are transferable to the offshore industry. Some of the skilled tradespeople that are needed in the offshore industry include:       

  • Welders, to fabricate and repair structures
  • Riggers and crane operators to safely move heavy equipment
  • Divers to perform underwater construction and maintenance.

Operations and Logistics

If you have a talent for organization and management, consider roles like:

  • Offshore Installation Manager (OIM): Overseeing offshore facilities and ensuring smooth operations
  • Logistics Coordinator: Managing the movement of personnel, equipment, and supplies
  • Safety and HSE Specialists: Ensuring strict adherence to safety regulations.

Scientific and Environmental Careers

The offshore industry also offers opportunities for scientists and environmentalists. Environmental scientists are crucial in assessing and mitigating the environmental impact of offshore operations, while marine biologists study marine life and ecosystems to contribute towards important research projects.

Engineering and Technical Roles

Engineers and technicians are the backbone of offshore operations. Opportunities exist in fields such as:

  • Petroleum Engineering - Designing and overseeing oil and gas extraction operations
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering - Maintaining and repairing complex offshore machinery
  • Subsea Engineering - Working on cutting-edge technologies that are used for underwater exploration.

Support Roles

Every successful organisation requires a support team and the offshore industry is no exception. On offshore vessels, the catering and hospitality teams are essential in ensuring offshore personnel are well-fed and comfortable.

Back on shore, you could become a key player in the running of offshore operations, from financial and administration roles, to HR roles that include staffing and handling important personnel matters.

How Can I Get Started?

While some roles require a relevant degree or certification, you may be surprised to find out you already have a relevant qualification. If you’re a trained engineer, mechanic or electrician for example, these are all positions that are needed offshore.

Some offshore employers will provide the training that you need, providing you with not only first hand experience, but a qualification too.

Networking is a great way to connect with professionals in the industry; you may find your next opportunity on LinkedIn in no time.

Working with a specialist recruitment team is a fantastic way to discover opportunities and progress your career. At Select Offshore, our team are specialists in the offshore industry and we’re eager to share our vast industry knowledge with you, giving you job recommendations that are relevant to you.

Whether you're an experienced offshore professional or just starting your journey, the industry welcomes those who are ready for a thrilling and rewarding career.

To speak to one of our maritime staffing professionals, please reach out to the team on +44 203 745 7901.

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