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Explore Job Roles: Petroleum Engineers

Learn about the average salary, relevant studies, and common path after college to becoming a Petroleum Engineer.

What is a Petroleum Engineer?

Petroleum Engineers are engineers that create, design, and develop ways of sourcing and extracting oil and gas for energy. They both create and modify methods for resource extraction. 

Where does a Petroleum Engineer work?

  • Offices
  • Drilling and well sites

How much does a Petroleum Engineer make?

Based on real new grad salaries reported through Handshake, the median annual salary for a Petroleum Engineer is $79,372.  

What majors are typically interested in becoming Petroleum Engineers?

One’s major doesn’t necessarily determine their career, but these are some common majors of those who end up pursuing Petroleum Engineering jobs.

  • Petroleum engineering majors
  • Chemical engineering majors
  • Civil engineering majors

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Petroleum Engineers skills and competencies:

On top of a relevant degree and formal training, here are some professional skills that can help aspiring Petroleum Engineers succeed in their work:

  • Background in mathematics or science
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong teamwork skills

What are some common questions about Petroleum Engineers?

Q: How to become a Petroleum Engineer?

A: Having a bachelor’s degree in engineering–specifically petroleum engineering–is highly recommended. Mechanical and chemical engineering are both also viable majors. Additionally, while you’re studying engineering it’s always recommended to start interning and working for engineering companies to get hands-on experience.