Hopefully someone can give me current info about what the job situation is there right now. I can only find old threads online from like 2006-2008 and I'm sure the situation has changed drastically since then. Basically, I want to gather up enough money to buy a house. My current job pays around 3000$ after taxes. I have a university degree (non-related field), I'm a hard worker and I can easily endure hardship (military) don't do drugs etc. I figure I'll go out West, pick up the appropriate qualifications, maybe some clothes and hope for the best.
However, I want to make sure enough money is possible as whats the point of leaving a job which clears me 3000$ only to make 4000$, but work 12 hour shifts, 2 weeks at a time and pay 1000$ rent... For it to be worth my time and effort, I figure I would have to clear 5000$ (4000$ would be the bare minimum whereas 6000$ would be ideal, but I think that's a little unrealistic. That would mean making something like 8000-9000k/month). Is that kind of money possible if one has no experience in the oil industry and works as a labourer (roughneck, etc)?
Also, is it possible to live there without needing a car? I really don't want to buy one unless absolutely necessary. I would honestly rather sleep in shacks, even on “off weeks” (if that's permitted), or rent out a tiny room. Do most workers live in FortMcMurray, or shuttle back to Edmonton? Are there still “camp” jobs around, as ideally I wouldn’t want to pay for food or lodging (or the minimum at that).
So, what is the current situation really like? Are my expectations outdated? Is clearing 5000-6000$/month possible? If so (or if not), what kind of expenses can I expect?