Petroleum Engineers

General Information

Description

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of petroleum engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 2,100 openings for petroleum engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$137,330

State-by-state Salary

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$180,540
$83,250
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 71%
  • Post-master's certificate 15%
  • High school 7%
  • Master's degree 5%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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