Petroleum Engieering

By Matthew Borge

What is Petroleum Engineering?

Petroleum Engineers create and design ways to find oil and gas from places under Earths surface. They can also go back on older wells and can use a different way to get oil or gas.

Why am I interested in Petroleum Engineering

I am interested in Petroleum Engineering for many reasons. One reason is that my dad is a Petroleum Engineer and he always tells me about his job and it really interests me. It is a growing job, so you can see that it is a great job to have.

What is a typical day for a Petroleum Engineer?

Petroleum Engineers mostly work in their offices. They do check at and stay at the oil rigs that they are working on. They can stay there for short periods of time or for an extended stay. Normally they work on their own rigs, but occasionally have to work on projects for their company.

What is the starting and potential salary for a Petroleum Engineer?

The Petroleum Engineering starting salary is a $93,500. It is one of the highest paying starting salaries in all jobs possible. The median pay is $120,280 or $62.64 per hour. If you are one the the higher Petroleum Engineers in your company and have worked there for a while you can make more than $90.00 per hour and $200,000 a year. All of the money earning were taken in 2012, so you can expect that it has increased since then.

What do I have to have to become a Petroleum Engineer?

Petroleum Engineers must have a bachelor's degree in Engineering. It would be better to have it in Petroleum Engineering, but a bachelors degree in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering would work.