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Petroleum Engineers

Also called: Drilling Engineer, Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Reservoir Engineer

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What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Business
  • management
  • accounting and economics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++ Hot Technology
  • Oracle Java Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Oracle software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after master's
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$137,720
$79,270
$208,000+
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