Petroleum Land Worker

Petroleum Land Workers

Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society

Overview: Petroleum land workers are type of petroleum engineers. These workers must be able to use geospatial technology to find and manage new deposits, develop plans to drill, evaluate production of sites, and account for costs of production. There are a few different specialties focused on completion of wells, drilling, production, and determining the extent of reservoirs. They also tend to work with geoscientists and other specialists to understand geologic formations containing reservoirs. Being able to read and interpret maps is essential for the job. New methods and sites for drilling are always needs research and develop. The cost of drilling and other forms of extraction is important to the development of extraction techniques. This field is expected to grow in the coming decade with oil prices being a major factor. They tend to work on sites with frequent travel required.

Geographers at work: Physical geographers, Environmental geographers, GIS and remote sensing specialists, Geologists,

Recommended College Courses: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing, Introduction to Physical Geography, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Use and Management, Energy Resource Management, Economic Geography, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation, Location Analysis,

Skills: GIS, Remote sensing, Geospatial technology, Resource management, Field methods, Landscape and location analysis,

Occupation Group: Architecture and Engineering

Learn more about Petroleum Land Man or Woman from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor:

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Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm