An oil well driller is responsible for the maintenance, control and operation of drilling equipment on oil rigs used to retrieve oil. Job responsibilities for an oil well driller include setting up oil rigs, producing oil wells, completing gas exploration, operating oil drilling machinery, maintenance of the oil rig machinery, maintenance of oil rig production records, ensuring that safety and health standards are followed, assembling of equipment and machinery, and collecting data regarding the work done on the oil fields.
A high school diploma is required to be an oil well driller. Helpful job skills include strong communication skills, attention to detail, physical fitness, technical and mechanical knowledge, active listening, and good problem-solving skills. The future job market outlook for an oil well driller is fair.