Bakken is land of opportunity, but there are cautions to consider before you jump in your truck and start driving

“Williston 101: Tip for Job seekers” contains some cautions if you plan to head out for the new gold rush.


My list of things to consider before getting on the road:

  • housing is scarce – line something up before you go
  • drug tests for initial employment and ongoing basis are very common
  • living there is very expensive
  • be prepared to wait – you probably won’t be working the first day (or few weeks) after you arrive
  • the infrastructure hasn’t caught up with the population expansion – that means everything from restaurants, shopping, and doctor availabliity is difficult

The opportunities are astounding. But count the cost. And be prepared.


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