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.
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Riggers by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 76 Sokanu users
Are Riggers happy?
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.
4% 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.