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Oil Rig Worker

Oil is a lucrative business but for the workers who are tasked with getting it out of the ground, it’s a dirty, messy, smelly, grueling job.

You have to live away from your family and work 12 hours a day under cramped, dangerous conditions.

But, the pay is good: Entry-level maintenance roustabouts, who basically clean and paint the rig, make around $47,000, while rig safety and training coordinators can make $80,000 or more, according to Rigworker.com,a site started by a group of offshore workers and former offshore workers.

Photo: Dan Bannister | Tetra images | Getty Images