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Forum Post: High paying jobs go wanting because Americans cant pass drug tests

Posted 7 years ago on March 28, 2012, 4:16 p.m. EST by aflockofdoofi (-18)
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3 out of 4 applicants fail drug tests for very high paying oil field jobs. In some parts of Wyoming, oil field roughnecks are getting $90/hr salary plus benefits. Some of these jobs are going to Romanians because young Americans cant pee in a cup.



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[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 7 years ago

What is the source for your information?

[-] 0 points by aflockofdoofi (-18) 7 years ago

google it.

[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 7 years ago

I did. Couldn't find any wages close to $90 an hour. What is your source?

[-] 1 points by aflockofdoofi (-18) 7 years ago

I was in Casper yesterday at a bar with a friend. Just asked the local roughnecks.

Unfortunately, a lot of the workers get strung out on crystal meth. Again, first hand from several roughnecks born and raised in Casper.

[-] 2 points by toukarin (488) 7 years ago

Uh... so these people are workers and they get strung out on meth? How does that relate to applicants?

Does it also not say something that people who are working these jobs feel the need to use meth?

How many jobs are available though? I read an article saying there are about 4000 oil rig workers in that area total, this was some years ago (2007) so lets say the industry has grown by 100% over 5 years, 8000 workers now. (Link: http://www.hcn.org/issues/343/16915/article_view?b_start:int=3&-C= )

Article also has interesting coverage of the safety (lack of it) at those sites. Granted its a bit dated, but there have been incidents in recent year as well.

[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 7 years ago
[-] 0 points by SteveKJR (-497) 7 years ago

Here's a link that talks about working on the Oil fields:


[-] 1 points by aflockofdoofi (-18) 7 years ago

Its not for the faint of heart, but the tent life and dirty conditions sound like OWS nly with cash in your pocket.



[-] 0 points by toukarin (488) 7 years ago

They require people to be willing to take the risk of being caught in a blowout. They also require people who would want to live and work in Wyoming.

Now out of that subset of people (already a small number) 3/4 are failing drug tests.

Personally I don't feel a pressing need for $90 an hour if I have to move to Wyoming to get it, worry about being blown to bits when the owners try to cut corners, all this while working in an industry which I don't really care about beyond the prices which I have to pay for gas.

[-] -1 points by VantagePoint250624 (-51) 7 years ago

Come on, peeing in a cup with a spike in your vein is easy enough to get past...... I ain't buying the entire premise.

Have you ever done oil or iron type of rough neck work?

If them boys wanna toke a joint, so what?