Petroleum Engineers

Published: 22/12/2009

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The oil and gas industry, like many other high-technology industries in the world, is dependent on specialized technicians. With the demand for oil there an almost constant need of these trained personnel. The science needed for exploration, production and refining of the oil deposits that are discovered are handled by experienced technicians.

Starting annual salaries for geologists and the various engineers that are required to bring crude oil to the refineries start at $75,000 and usually include many benefits and incentives packages depending on the demand and shortage of the needed personnel.

With at least five years of experience, many of these degreed personnel can expect to have their salaries almost double. Performance and isolation bonuses can add a lot to the end salary of many technicians, depending on where their work is located and the company they work for. There is a growing need for exploration specialists who use topographic and geological maps as well as seismic test charts to find the oil deposits. Oil companies don't mind paying handsomely for these highly skilled personnel.

Petroleum engineers are generally involved in a wide range of activities, including evaluating oil deposits and wells for production potential, selecting drilling equipment, selecting pumps and other machinery necessary to get the oil out of the ground and to the refineries. A petroleum engineer must also make sure that all the oil wells in a large field work properly together. Geologists, Seismologists and other degreed personnel all have a part to play in getting the oil out of the ground, safely and efficiently.

Many oil companies search for oil all over the world so it's not unusual for geologists and engineers to be sent to many exotic or remote areas in search of oil deposits. From the North Sea to Fort to the Gulf Coast or the Middle East, there's no telling where the skills of a qualified technician will take him or her. There are always many jobs in the oil and gas industry for skilled technicians.
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