Petroleum Engineering

By : Jordan Woodson

What Do They Do ?

Petroleum Engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth's surface

Work Conditions

Petroleum Engineers work outdoors and indoors because some have to do research and some have to stay on the drilling sites. They are always in the heat and around bunches of chemicals. Most of them work 40 hours a week and only 5 days a week.


Starting Salary = 93,500

Mid Career = 130,280

Experienced Salary = 186,520

Educational Background

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To become a petroleum engineer you must have a bachelor's degree in engineering, preferably petroleum engineering. You must have work experience so college cooperative education programs

Career Ladder

When you first become an engineer you are one of the workers who get supervised and watched all the time . Then if you do good at that job they move you up to a better position like a superviser . Finally , if you work very hard at that position you become a manager .

Employment Outlook

Employment is expected to grow 10% from 2014-2024 because many engineers are about to retire

Career Advantages

Advantages of this job is that you get high pay , you get to travel, strong job prospects , and education.

Career Disadvantages

Disadvantages of this job is the difficult working conditions and the challenging job requirements.

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This Career Belongs To The STEM Career Cluster