When you think of the oil industry in the United States, you most often think of Texas, which is pretty much the official oil capital of the nation. While Texas is the main oil hub for the US, it is not the only state that offers the chance to start a career in the oil industry. Another state that is a popular destination for those looking to profit from black gold is Colorado. Obviously, these jobs are not offshore, but rather in the oil and gas fields that are found all across the state. What may be surprising to many is that the numbers indicate that Colorado might just be the place to go if you are interested in a job in the oil industry.

Some of the more recent figures show that the oil business is booming in Colorado, with the number of people working in the industry fast approaching 30,000. That number represents a 34% increase in the past four years alone, proving that Colorado is indeed a good place to start looking for a career in oil and gas. The careers that are available in Colorado may not necessarily be the same as those in Texas or other oil rich areas of the world, but there jobs available to suit a number of skills and levels.

A good number of the jobs available are in the drilling and extracting part of the oil industry. Much like people that work on oil rigs, these are labor intensive jobs that may require you to put in a large number of back-breaking hours each month. The rewards are well worth it, though, and the physical nature of the work means that turnover is often high. If there is nothing available in this sector of the industry today, check again tomorrow, as there is a good chance that status will change overnight.

Much of the searching for oil in Colorado is done using hydraulic fracturing, which means water need to be used when breaking into the rock in search of oil. This makes water transfer jobs another commonly advertised career, although you will once again need to be willing to put in a hard day’s work, as this position requires a good amount of heavy lifting. Drivers are also very much in demand, both onsite and off, so that may also be something worth looking into.

Not every position available in the Colorado oil industry is one that requires physical labor. Brains, as well as brawn, are an essential part of the business, which means IT jobs, foreman positions, mapping and many more technical jobs will also be there for the taking. The oil and gas industry is one that has very much proven to be up and down, but with Colorado currently in a major upswing, you might just consider casting your job search eyes to the west. 

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