Engineers Guide USA
Engineers Guide USA




Petroleum Engineer Employment

Petroleum engineers held about 30,200 jobs in 2010.

Petroleum engineers generally work in offices or in research laboratories. However, they must also spend time at drilling sites, often for long periods of time. This means they must travel, sometimes with little notice.

Industries employing the largest numbers of petroleum engineers in 2010 were as follows:

Oil and gas extraction 45%
Support activities for mining 15%
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 7%

Petroleum engineers work around the world; and, in fact, the best employment opportunities may include some work in other countries.

Work Schedules

Petroleum engineers typically work full time. Many work as many as 50 or 60 hours per week when traveling to and from drilling sites to help in their operation or respond to problems as they arise. When they are at a drilling site, it is common for these engineers to work in a rotation: on duty for 84 hours and then off duty for 84 hours.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition  

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