There are currently an estimated 16,700 oil and gas rotary drill operators in the United States. The oil and gas rotary drill operator job market is expected to grow by 24.6% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are oil and gas rotary drill operators?

CareerExplorer rates oil and gas rotary drill operators with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 13,400 oil and gas rotary drill operators. That number is based on 4,100 additional oil and gas rotary drill operators, and the retirement of 9,300 existing oil and gas rotary drill operators.

What’s the supply of oil and gas rotary drill operators?

The oil and gas rotary drill operator industry is concentrated in Texas, Oklahoma, California

Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operator job market by state

State Name Employed Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators
Texas 5,750
Oklahoma 1,800
California 1,090
Pennsylvania 990
Colorado 990
North Dakota 900
Louisiana 670
New Mexico 440
Mississippi 270
Kansas 260
West Virginia 250
Wyoming 200
Alaska 200
Utah 180
Illinois 170
Michigan 120
Arizona 110
Virginia 80
Florida 80
Alabama 60
Georgia 50
Tennessee 30
Montana 30