Minot AFB Community
With the emphasis on the Bakken oil field, the surge in North Dakota’s energy industry continues. The oilfield is seeking quality workers to meet the ever-growing demand. Positions in the oilfield can pay quite well. Positions are available in both exploration and production. Some of these positions include: shop technician, sales, clerical, mechanical, welder, roustabout, truck driver, electronic tech, operator assistant, seismic, crane operator, concrete finisher, and mud logger.
The following additional details apply to most oilfield positions:
- Most positions are labor intensive and involve outdoor work in all weather conditions.
- Minimum age restrictions may be 18 or 21 years old.
- Drug testing is required in the hiring process and performed randomly on the job.
- Most positions require a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
- Some require a commercial driver’s license (CDL), or the ability to acquire one.
- Company work schedules may vary, e.g. 4 days on/4 days off; 7 days on/7 days off; 2 weeks on/1 week off with pay.
- Significant overtime hours may be available. It is important to check with the company regarding work schedules.
- In limited circumstances, housing may be provided. Some companies provide a daily per diem for meals.
To view or apply for oil field jobs go to the website.
Employment in the local area is oriented towards the service, construction, retail, and trade industries. Local jobs are available in service areas such as fast foods, call centers, and retail sales. Experienced clerical workers who are computer literate will find good employment opportunities.
There are a number of health care providers, hospital, clinics, and private practices in the city of Minot. People with skills in nursing and health specialty positions are often sought after by these facilities.
Professional jobs are not in abundance and are very competitive.
Local Economic Climate
The North Dakota unemployment rate is 2.4% and has been consistently lower than the national rate. The wage and salary employment was up over the year in all nine industries. The largest gain was in construction. Services was second, finance, insurance, manufacturing, and real estate third; followed by mining; wholesale trade; retail trade; government; and transportation, communications, and utilities. Over the past two years there has been an increase in part-time workers (those working less than 30 hours per week) and seasonal workers.