Williston, North Dakota Job Opportunities

While the rest of the United States may be experiencing significant unemployment issues, that is not the case in Williston, North Dakota. Williston the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota had a population of 14,716 before the recent oil boom there that has doubled the population of this once sleepy town. Jobs are everywhere and the pay is great. Entry level oilfield workers here can expect to make over $100,000 in their first year, with plenty of overtime some "wireline workers" can expect to make upwards of $200,000 annually. The money is great but be advised that the conditions are harsh. There are not enough living quarters to house all of the workers that have come in to find employment, many are living in their vehicles. The North Dakota winters are cold and harsh. These jobs might not be for the faint of heart. However if you need employment and are willing to relocate this seems like a great opportunity to make some serious money. The influx of oil related jobs has created a quandry for regular businesses such as fast food joints, gas stations, and the like, they are having to pay higher salaries to attract workers because everyone is looking for the higher paying oilfield jobs, sounds like a win win situation if you are looking for employment opportunities in Williston North Dakota.

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perrya 4 years ago

Yes, I know a guy, unemployed for 2 yrs. in CA, got a job $32 hr as a rig driver. Moving his family out this week. I also heard Mcdonalds is paying $18 hr around there.


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perrya 4 years ago

Maybe-a good 75% of them in the oil requires some sort of previous experience, which is why they are having problems filling the jobs. I just looked at 300 of them, nearly all want oil experience.


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Redmadness17 4 years ago from Eugene OR

The need for experience in the job posted is standard. And these days, employers and clients seem to think there is an unending supply of people who are experienced, educated, certified, licensed and have 15 years of the right work, or 5 years and have all the above and are less expensive than those at 15 years. I see it all the time in my work as a corporate recruiter.

Buyers' market.


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perrya 4 years ago

I know, it is the employer market. They want more skill sets than the job actually requires, more experience than one really needs (there is learning, right?) and all this simply exacerbates the unemployment further. For I am tech writer, I have seen jobs required java programming skills and writing code and knowing a host of software that TWs seldom use, IF, that is what the job really is. Maybe they really want a programmer who also will be a TW. employers simply want too much.


Jobs Etc 4 years ago

I heard about the boom in North Dakota, thanks for the additional information and I enjoyed reading your article.


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Louisiana Jobs 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks for the compliment!


Errol Halverstadt 4 years ago

How do I get aplications for these jobs? I am Hutchinson Ks. remodeling-20-35hrs. a week,; I have worked rigs, back-up chain hand but derricks mostly,and 20yrs. carpentry exp.


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Louisiana Jobs 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

@Errol Halverstadt..... For a list of job openings visit http://willistonnorthdakota.jobamatic.com/a/jobs/f...

You should be able to apply online.....good luck!


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Mike Galt 4 years ago from Turlock, California

Great hub and nice website! If you would like to partner I am offering a great resource for relocating to North Dakota to find work. You can find it at www.northdakotaopportunity.com and if you are interested in a possible partnership email me at michaelgee123@sbcglobal.net

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