CAREER

Petroleum Engineers

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$137,330

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.2% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Petroleum Engineers 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.

Other Job Titles Petroleum Engineers May Have

Completion Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Engineer, Operations Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Production Engineer, Project Production Engineer, Project Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineering Consultant

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Specify and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery.
  • Monitor production rates, and plan rework processes to improve production.
  • Maintain records of drilling and production operations.
  • Analyze data to recommend placement of wells and supplementary processes to enhance production.
  • Assist engineering and other personnel to solve operating problems.

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