Directional drillers are highly compensated for their work and experience a good amount of job satisfaction. The hours can be long, especially if you work on an oil rig. If you love a technical challenge, being a directional driller is a great job.
While a college degree isn’t required, many directional drillers do have a college degree in a STEM subject. To become a directional driller, you may also need to take a several-week course and work as a trainee alongside an experienced driller for several months.