Petroleum engineering

By: Matthew Berg

A typical day for a petroleum engineer

consists of reviewing the daily progress reports, reviewing changes (if any) made or that need to be made during construction, meeting with site personnel and coordinating tasks and activities. They also spend a good time in the field, monitoring activities and communicating with the stakeholders. They spend around 65% field and 35% office.

Starting salary

A petroleum engineering salary is starts at a whopping $93,500. The highest paying engineering job.


High school programs that are rich in math and science are great early on. Then, a bachelors degree in petroleum engineering typically takes around 4 years of class work. The program typically requires basic sciences such as chemistry, calculus, and physics.