Petroleum Engineers

What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Completion Engineer, Completions Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Drilling Manager, Engineer, Engineering Consultant, Facilities Engineer, Field Engineer, Operations Engineer, Operations Manager, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Production Engineer, Process Engineer, Production Engineer, Project Drilling Engineer, Project Production Engineer, Project Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineering Consultant, Reservoir Engineering Manager, Rig Site Engineer, Well Site Drilling Engineer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Petroleum Engineers in United States

★ For the data available, wages are capped at $208,000

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Petroleum Engineers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #11 in job growth rate
  • 20

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Petroleum Engineers:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, All, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (6%)
  • Master's degree (26.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (51.5%)
  • Associate's degree (3%)
  • Some college, no degree (7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.4%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.

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