The PathMatch Guide to

Petroleum Engineering

A Day in the Life

Petroleum Engineers are in charge of extracting the energy we use in our everyday lives. They manage the location of natural gas and oil deposits underground and determine if extraction would be economically worth it. 

There are four different types of Petroleum Engineers: Reservoir Engineers, Drilling and Completion Engineers, Production Engineers, and Subsurface Engineers. Some of the tasks that Petroleum Engineers complete are finding the oil, conducting studies on gas and oil reservoirs, implementing drilling strategies, and separate oil, gas, and water.

Work Responsibilities

Skills You'll Need

  • Advanced understanding of Seismic Mapping and Geographic Information Systems 
  • Ability to use public datasets 
  • Understanding of portfolio management and investment analysis 
  • Intermediate understanding of Commercial Reservoir Simulation 
  • Strong communication, time management, and teamwork skills

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Example Jobs

Real World Professionals

Growth Path

  1. Petroleum Engineer
  2. Senior Petroleum Engineer
  3. Petroleum Engineering Manager
  4. Director of Petroleum Engineering

Demand for Talent

  • Projected Growth: MASSIVE 
  • Current Demand: FIRE 
  • The market for petroleum engineers is projected to grow by 15% over the next ten years 
  • 33,700 new jobs will open up in Texas and in the greater Southwest


Petroleum Engineer
Senior Petroleum Engineer
Petroleum Engineering Manager
Director of Petroleum Engineering

Teams You'll Work With


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