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Drillers assemble, position, and operate drilling rigs and related equipment to extract ores, liquids, and gases from the earth.


New drillers usually earn

$50K-$70K per year

Experienced drillers and those working in the oil and gas industry usually earn

$70K-$150K per year

Source: MITO and PSANZ.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a driller are average due to a downturn in mining, and oil and gas exploration.
Two men in high-visibility gear operating a drill in an urban area

Drillers work in a variety of areas, from urban streets to rural areas

Last updated 12 June 2017