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A petroleum engineer is responsible for devising methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and to determine the need for new, or modified, tool design. To be a successful petroleum engineer, you will need to display excellent analytical skills, creativity, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills and, of the utmost importance, mathematical skills… if this sounds like you, and you’re looking for an exciting career with lots of travel and progression opportunities, then read on!

The typical responsibilities for petroleum engineer differ depending on how much experience they have and who they work for. However, as a petroleum engineer you can expect to be carrying out duties such as using and maintaining drilling equipment that can be used in the process of extracting oil and gas from both onshore and offshore reserves, making? recommendations based on cost and feasibility, monitoring drilling operations, ensuring equipment is installed and maintained properly and to be working closely with the procurement team to procure the necessary equipment and tools for projects.

To become a petroleum engineer, you will need to obtain a bachelor?s degree in engineering or, even better, in petroleum engineering. A master?s degree is by no means essential to becoming a petroleum engineer. However, the job market is competitive and? obtaining a master?s degree in petroleum engineering will give you the skills and knowledge to set you out from other candidates and will give you more job opportunities in the future.

As a petroleum engineer, you may often have to work long hours or an erratic schedule. You may also be employed overseas, which is something to consider in regards to your work-life balance. Petroleum engineers may also have to work in offshore locations, which can have poor living conditions and can be isolating.

However, due to the negatives, petroleum engineers are offered competitive salaries. Petroleum engineers are in high demand and there is lots of opportunity for advancement and progression. Most petroleum engineers love their job because they get paid to travel to lots of other locations, which makes it an exciting career path. Finally, the work as a petroleum engineer is rewarding as you are helping with the effective functioning of many societies by sourcing the oils and natural gases needed.


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