New oil and natural gas sites are opening up across the world while growth and expansion is being experienced in the already existing situates hence, Petroleum Engineers are high on demand. They play a vital role in the drilling, ensuring the smooth running of things and seeing that no unexpected misfortunes occur.

A Petroleum Engineer has an innumerable choice of careers to choose from with a well rewarding pay averaging to about $162,000 per year. Most of these engineers work in oil companies while some can be found in firms that sell tools and equipment to oil companies. There are also those found in banks which lend money to oil companies as they have a knowledge on how much it costs to produce oil and gas. Those who are experienced and well-versed in the field help with researches aimed at finding ways to recover greater percentage of existing oil and natural gas.

The petroleum engineers are concerned with four major areas:

- Finding the Oil

- Evaluating its potential

- Maximizing its recovery

- Transportation and storage

From these areas, petroleum engineers can be broadly classified into the production engineer, the drilling engineer and the reservoir engineer.

Well detailed examples of Petroleum Engineering jobs and their entry levels include:

  • Well Control Engineer
  • Perform calculations and make assessment problems both onsite and from the office and work on special domestic and international projects.


    - A bachelor’s degree in the petroleum or mechanical engineer

    - 5-7 years’ experience in the oilfield

    - Well control or drilling experience

    - Able to think clearly and perform at optimal levels in high pressure conditions

    - Able to travel to customer site, domestically and internationally

    - Experience on Urban Risk Assessment, Project Management, Rig Audits, Cold Eye Reviews etc.

  • Process Engineering- Refinery
  • Support production operations and help in the management of capital projects, monitoring and evaluation of process unit performance plus assisting with design and implementation of new DCS control systems.


    - Bachelor of Science, Chemical/ Petroleum Engineer

    - 5-10 years process engineering experience

    - Experience in a petrochemical plant or refinery

  • Reservoir Engineer
  • The Reservoir engineer will create or modify the strategic development plan, identify opportunities to pursue additional recovery, technically defending reserves when needed, monitoring reservoir performance and setting injection and offtake targets for wells in the field.


    - Minimum experience of 10 years

    - Minimum B.S in Engineering with preference from Petroleum Engineering

    - Past experiences in EOR processes

    - Strong business acumen and understanding of project economics

    - Project Management skills

  • Senior Environmental Engineer
  • Responsible for obtaining, coordinating and managing the site’s environmental permitting activities including but not limited to review of air permitting applications for submission to regulatory agencies.


    - B.S. Chemical Engineering

    - 8 years refining or petrochemical experience

    - Understanding of state and federal regulations applicable to petroleum refining

    - Effective and efficient computer skills

    - Strong customer service skills

    Petroleum engineers can as well specialize entrepreneurship and consulting and sales engineering.