Becoming an Offshore Medic

Offshore medics in the oil and gas industry work in remote locations. Each are responsible for the medical care of their colleagues on the rig and paid extremely well. 

What is an Offshore Medic?

An Offshore Medic typically works in the oil and gas industry, on a drilling rig, or in another offshore setting.

The nature of the work done at offshore sites is often dangerous but incredibly important. You will be on call 24/7 when working on the rig and responsible for the health and safety of the whole crew at all times. Such responsibility means offshore medics are well paid. It can be a lucrative career and a popular alternative pathway to becoming a paramedic.

Working in such a remote location means the role goes beyond that of a typical Paramedic or Medic working in the industrial or resources industry. As well as responding to major and minor emergencies on-site, you’ll also be required to undertake primary healthcare and clinical duties ranging from assessments and history taking to blood collection and injury prevention.

Typical duties of an Offshore Medic

The duties of an offshore medic/paramedic will vary depending on the size and location of the site you’re working on, your qualifications, and the size of your team/workforce you are responsible for. Some typical duties include: 

  • Responding to minor or major on-site injuries and providing medical care.
  • Administer basic life support if necessary.
  • Injury management including paperwork, liaising with patients, physiotherapists, doctors, and human resources departments.
  • Undertaking drug and alcohol testing.
  • Providing medical clearances to potential employees and return-to-work employees.
  • Administering flu vaccinations.
  • Fever temperature checks.
  • Respond to vehicle accidents.

Average Offshore Medic salary

Offshore Medics can expect a salary of $114,000 and upwards.* 
*Source: Jooble (2024)

This amount could increase further depending on the industry you work in, your level of experience, overtime worked in the year and additional allowances.

Become an Offshore Medic

How to become an Offshore Medic

Before becoming an Offshore Medic, you’ll need to have around at least 3 years of experience as a Registered Paramedic under your belt. 

Studying the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care with Australian Paramedical College can help you build the foundational knowledge and practical skills you need to get on the pathway to university to become a Paramedic.

For some offshore roles, you may need to also have specialist skills related to the industries and environments you plan to work in. 

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Offshore Medic skillset and qualities

Excellent clinical skills

Working on an offshore rig (or similar) holds high risks for all employees. Offshore Medics must maintain their skills to ensure safety at all times. 



An Offshore Medic can be expected to fulfil a range of tasks so being proactive is important to maintaining site operations and ensuring safety for all. 


Decision making

Offshore Medics must think on their feet when dealing with medical emergencies, highlighting the essential nature of prompt and effective decision-making