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Roustabouts - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, roustabouts:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact.
  • Are responsible for coworkers' health and safety.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and results of other workers.
  • Communicate with coworkers daily in person.
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  • Often communicate with coworkers by telephone.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.
  • May on occasion be placed in conflict situations.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always wear protective attire such as hardhats, work boots, and gloves.
  • Almost always work outdoors.
  • Are exposed to very hot or cold temperatures on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to contaminants daily, such as crude oil.
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  • Are exposed to hazardous conditions on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to hazardous equipment daily.
  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable on a daily basis.
  • Are often exposed to high places.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Often work in cramped work spaces that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Are occasionally exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting conditions.
  • Work in both open and enclosed equipment.
  • Work very near coworkers. They often work within inches of other people.
  • Are occasionally exposed to whole body vibration.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors can cost companies money.
  • Often make decisions that affect coworkers and companies. They are able to make some decisions without talking to a supervisor.
  • Are able to set some tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor.
  • Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.
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  • Often must match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week. Most workers work 40 hours a week.
  • May travel to remote work sites and be away from home for several weeks.
  • May work seven days a week, if working at a remote site or on a derrick in the ocean. After seven days on, they may get seven days off. Sometimes they work 14 days in a row followed by 14 days off.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.