Drilling is one of the most in-demand career paths in Alaska today. It requires a lot of work, and long hours, but the payoff is beneficial not only as far as a paycheck is concerned, but in the way it can make you feel as though you’ve dug your boots in the ground and put real work in.

Jon McVay, vice president of Brice Civil Constructors, expressed how he believed an ideal candidate for work in the drilling industry should be someone with strong work ethic, and who is willing to spend potentially long stretches away from home to work.

If someone were to be interested in pursuing a career in drilling, McVay recommends going through Mining and Petroleum Training Services for training. Aside from the education in the field a person would receive there, McVay stated that the training service could help the trainee get established in a network of workers in the field, which could help the candidate get established in a position.

Once training was acquired, it was recommended that the candidate pursue a job as a driller’s assistant to begin their career right in the field.

The range of pay varies from $15 an hour, all the way up to $30 and hour for full-time drillers. The hours can range from 72 to 84 hours a week, with 12-hour days.