Oil exploration involves the search for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface. A wide range of career possibilities in oil exploration exists, with many of the jobs requiring degrees in geology or petroleum engineering. Among all engineers, those working in the petroleum industry can expect the highest starting salaries. Experienced professionals can choose to live almost anywhere in the world. In the United States, a large number of petroleum engineers work in Alaska, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
This section of OilJobFinder takes you through the oil exploration sector, which is considered an Upstream activity along with oil production. In the following pages you’ll learn that oil companies are recruiting heavily from college campuses. There simply aren’t enough young people coming out of college with degrees in petroleum engineering or the geosciences. Oil companies are paying top dollar to the people they hire…it’s called ‘supply and demand.’
There are many difference disciplines job seekers can pursue as oil industry careers and we cover most of them here:
We provide descriptions of other Oil Exploration jobs, as well, and provide pay information. Be sure to read the detailed interview with Gary Swindell, who has 30 years experience as an oil reservoir engineer. His insights are excellent.
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