Number of rotary drill operators, oil and gas employed in 2006: 20,000
Projected Number of rotary drill operators, oil and gas that will be employed in 2016: 18,800
The numbers of positions for rotary drill operators, oil and gas is expected to decrease by 6% between 2006 and 2016.
*Some careers have been clustered with closely related occupations for some statistics.
**Employment projections are derived from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2006-07 Edition