Riggers must have at least a high school education. Many start out as helpers and learn through on-the-job training. In most countries, including the U.S. and Canada, riggers and rig technicians working in the oil, mining or heavy manufacturing industries must have a combination of technical training and apprenticeship. They usually start as a registered apprentice or hold a trade certificate, and once a certain number of apprenticeship years have been completed, become a journeyman. The apprenticeship program involves technical training in the classroom, but most of the training is done under the guidance of a journeyman technician.

Other important personal characteristics include:

  • the ability to communicate effectively and work well with others as part of a team
  • good organizational and management skills
  • physical strength and stamina
  • mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity
  • enjoys working with machinery and equipment
  • patience, good judgement, attention to detail
  • good vision and hearing, and spatial relationship skills
  • ability to follow directions and obey safety rules

Riggers who have good management skills can often go on to own and operate their own companies, or move into management positions within the industry.

What are Riggers like?


Based on our pool of users, riggers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Riggers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 89 Sokanu users

Are Riggers happy?


Riggers rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 53rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Rigger Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Riggers

The most common degree held by riggers is Fine Arts. 3% of riggers had a degree in fine arts before becoming riggers. That is over 2 times the average across all careers.

Rigger Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Rigger, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of riggers % of population Multiple
Fine Arts 3.4% 1.9% 1.7×

Rigger Education Levels

80% of riggers have a high school diploma. 12% of riggers have an associate's degree.

No education 7%
High school diploma 80%
Associate's degree 12%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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