How difficult is it to get a job in Dickinson, North Dakota? The answer is, pretty difficult. I will give a couple of reasons.
Now, if you read through the details of the job listings for most of the oil field companies in Dickinson, about 90% of them require the applicant to have a Class A Commercial Driver’s License. The large oil field companies in Dickinson, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Rock Pile, MBI, and all of the wireline companies require the applicant to have a Class A CDL.
On top of the requirement for a Class A CDL, they want at least a couple of years commercial driving experience, and no traffic violations, accidents, or DUIs.
The oil field companies in Dickinson do not need very many people now. There are hundreds and thousands of oil field workers out of a job now. The oil field companies require that the applicants have a Class A CDL, in part to weed out the riff-raff who in general could never obtain or keep a Class A CDL. The other part is that the oil field companies want any one of their employees to be able to drive their 26,000 GVW trucks if necessary.
I found out today another reason why it is difficult to get a job in Dickinson now. I have been looking at the job posting websites North Dakota Job Service, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, and LinkedIn. I saw an older job listing for a company in Dickinson, that was for a degreed engineer with just a couple of years of work experience. I had done this type of job for several years after I had graduated with Bachelor of Science in engineering.
I applied for this job in Dickinson, because it was an O.K. job, and I have done this before. This job would pay from $38,000 to $48,000 per year in my estimation. Within about one hour of applying for this job, the job posting website sent me an e-mail stating that the employer had viewed my application, and this job posting website offered to show me data on the other applicants for this job.
To my surprise, 55% of the applicants had a Masters Degree, and 55% of the applicants had more than 10 years of work experience. There were applicants from California, Texas, Maryland, Georgia, and North Dakota.
I have written several times in previous blog posts, that it is bullshit and a lie that the economy is doing so well in California and Texas. If the economy were doing so well in California and Texas, you would not have people with Masters Degrees and over 10 years of work experience applying for an almost entry level $40K job 2,000 miles away, in horribly cold North Dakota.