Petroleum engineering is a rapidly growing field. Due to increased demand and a retiring workforce, petroleum engineering graduates have a greater than 90% job placement rate with an average starting salary of more than $83,000.
As a petroleum engineer, you will design methods to efficiently find and recover oil and gas from deposits below the earth in a way that preserves the environment for future generations. You will work with geologists and other specialists to:
understand the geologic formation and properties of the reservoir
determine the best drilling methods
perform computer simulations for production optimization and field development
monitor drilling, production and processing operations
ensure all operations are safe, smooth and environmentally healthy
You will develop and use various recovery methods including injecting water, chemicals, gases, or steam into a reservoir. You may also research, design, and develop equipment and processes to achieve the maximum profitable recovery of oil and gas while lowering the cost of drilling and production operations.
Employment of petroleum engineers is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Excellent opportunities are expected because the number of job openings will exceed the small number of graduates entering the field. Some of the best employment opportunities may include work in other countries.
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