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Study Petroleum Engineering

Looking for a challenging career that is in demand globally? Petroleum engineering is one of the highest-paid engineering fields worldwide.

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15.1% growth expected in the petroleum engineer job market

$208,000

average annual salary of top petroleum engineers

$137,720

average annual income of petroleum engineers

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21,000 job openings projected for petroleum engineers over the decade in the US

Petroleum Engineering is a field that deals in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon energy including natural gas and crude oil. Petroleum engineers analyse and research geological data to determine the most efficient approach to extract these resources from the earth. Degree programs focus on imparting key skills including well testing and logging, artificial lift methods, natural gas transmission and petroleum storage.
When it comes to Petroleum Engineering analytical minds fare best. Analytical skills allow for the interpretation of technical data — a key skill needed in this profession. Students who enjoyed studying mathematics and chemistry in high school also tend to find themselves at home in this field. If you have the above traits and good interpersonal skills needed to communicate with fellow engineers and relevant stakeholders, you probably have it in you to excel in Petroleum Engineering.

Petroleum engineers are in high demand in oil-rich countries and the industry has some of the lowest unemployment rates worldwide.
Petroleum engineering is a highly specialised field and a bachelor’s degree is the minimum qualification required become a petroleum engineer. Depending on what country/university you apply to, this degree is 3-4 years in duration. Industry placements ranging between 2-6 months is a common requirement for many degree programs across the world. This grooms you to handle on the job situations with tact and initiative. A bachelor’s degree on average costs around CAD 38,000 annually in Canada and AUD 40,000-45,000 per year in Australia.

Next you can opt to progress into a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering which is a two-year programme. In addition to the comprehensive coursework, you’ll also be required to submit original research projects. The average annual cost for a master’s in Petroleum Engineering is USD 29,062 in the US.

If you have an aptitude for research, you can decide to progress towards a PhD in Petroleum Engineering which is typically 4-5 years in duration. A PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering makes you ideal for teaching roles, research work and executive positions in the energy sector.
Petroleum engineers are a crucial resource in extracting gas and oil in a sustainable, economical and smart manner. The job market for petroleum engineers is rapidly expanding at the rate of 15.1%.

It is well known that petroleum engineering is one of the highest paying fields when compared to other engineering fields. The high salary of petroleum engineers is indicative of their demand in the job market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics every year 2,100 job openings are expected for petroleum engineers which amounts to 21,000 openings over the decade in the US alone!
Use your expertise or transferable skills to enter a range of different career paths related to Petroleum Engineering.
Petroleum engineers find employment in manufacturing companies, oil and gas companies, mining companies and federal agencies. They are in high demand particularly in oil-rich Middle Eastern countries where they command high salaries and positions.

Completion Engineers


Completion engineers design the most economical and effective ways to construct subterranean wells. They provide their insight in tubing, pressure-control system and hydraulic fracturing to ensure the well facilitates extraction as much as possible.

Drilling Engineers


These specialised petroleum engineers are experts in drilling techniques; they plan, budget and oversee the drilling process of oil and gas wells. Their expertise helps minimise environmental disruption and reduce costs during the drilling process.

Reservoir Engineers


Reservoirs engineers determine how much oil or gas is present in underground rock layers and reservoirs. They conduct surveys of the reservoir site and collect data of the rock layers to suggest the best approaches to extract oil or gas from the reserve. They also monitor operations to ensure that all the oil and gas is extracted from the reserve in the most efficient manner.

Top Petroleum Engineering courses

Top Universities to study Petroleum Engineering

北亞伯達技術學院

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

uni-location Canada

莫哈克應用藝術與技術學院

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

uni-location Canada

紐芬蘭紀念大學

Memorial University of Newfoundland

THE ranking: 601

uni-location Canada

卡加利大學

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

uni-location Canada

阿爾伯塔大學

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

uni-location Canada

薩克其萬大學

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

uni-location Canada

卡普頓大學

Cape Breton University

uni-location Canada

匹茲堡大學

University of Pittsburgh

THE ranking: 140

uni-location United States

德州理工大學

Texas Tech University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

德州農工大學

Texas A and M University - College Station

THE ranking: 193

uni-location United States

休士頓大學

University of Houston

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

愛達荷州立大學

Idaho State University

uni-location United States

史丹佛大學

Stanford University

THE ranking: 4

uni-location United States

密蘇里科技大學

Missouri University of Science and Technology

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

西維吉尼亞大學

West Virginia University

uni-location United States

懷俄明大学

University of Wyoming

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

阿拉斯加大學費爾班克分校

University of Alaska - Fairbanks

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

科羅拉多大學波德分校

University of Colorado - Boulder

THE ranking: 158

uni-location United States

科羅拉多礦業學院

Colorado School of Mines

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

密西西比州立大學

Mississippi State University

THE ranking: 1001

uni-location United States

賓州大學大學公園校區

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

THE ranking: 119

uni-location United States

俄克拉荷馬州立大學

Oklahoma State University

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

德州農工大學京斯維校區

Texas A and M University - Kingsville

uni-location United States

奧克拉荷馬大學

University of Oklahoma

uni-location United States

塔爾薩大學

University of Tulsa

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

德州大學奧斯汀分校

University of Texas - Austin

THE ranking: 47

uni-location United States

阿拉莫德州公立社區帕洛阿爾托奧拓學院

Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)

uni-location United States

堪薩斯大學

University of Kansas - Shorelight

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

路易斯安那州立大學

Louisiana State University - Shorelight

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

里賈納大學

University of Regina

THE ranking: 601

uni-location Canada

雷克蘭德學院

Lakeland College

uni-location Canada

南亞伯達技術學院

SAIT Polytechnic

uni-location Canada

塔爾薩大學

Tulsa University - Kaplan International

uni-location United States

California State University Bakersfield

California State University Bakersfield

uni-location United States

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