Also known as Completion Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Engineer, Operations Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Production Engineer, Project Production Engineer, Project Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineering Consultant
Also known as Completion Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Engineer
Patroleum Engineers devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs.
In addition, Patroleum Engineers oversee drilling and offer technical advice.
Patroleum Engineers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Patroleum Engineers. More generally, Patroleum Engineers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Patroleum Engineer is $137,330, and the average salary is $154,330. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Patroleum Engineer salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Patroleum Engineers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Patroleum Engineers earn less than $78,620 per year, 25% earn less than $108,130, 75% earn less than $189,030, and 90% earn more than $208,000.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Patroleum Engineers is expected to change by 7.7%, and there should be roughly 2,100 open positions for Patroleum Engineers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Patroleum Engineer are usually higher in their Investigative, Realistic, and Conventional interests.
Patroleum Engineers typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Patroleum Engineers typically have strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Lastly, Patroleum Engineers typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Patroleum Engineer tend to value Working Conditions, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Patroleum Engineers strongly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Second, Patroleum Engineers strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Patroleum Engineers strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Patroleum Engineers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as analytical thinking, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Patroleum Engineers, ranked by importance:
Many Patroleum Engineers will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Patroleum Engineers usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Patroleum Engineers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as engineering and technology, mathematics, or computers and electronics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Patroleum Engineers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Patroleum Engineers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Patroleum Engineers need abilities such as oral comprehension, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Patroleum Engineers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Patroleum Engineers frequently use skills like reading comprehension, critical thinking, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Patroleum Engineers, ranked by their relative importance.
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