Number of derrick operators, oil and gas employed in 2006: 19,900
Projected Number of derrick operators, oil and gas that will be employed in 2016: 18,706
The numbers of positions for derrick 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