Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum geologists are scientists who study the earth’s crust and help to determine the best locations for potential petroleum reserves to be accessed by drilling companies. In order to determine good drilling locations petroleum geologists carefully study rock formations maps photographs and samples that have been taken from specific areas. Based on their findings drilling companies either choose to conduct test drilling or they eliminate potential drill sites. A petroleum geologist does not make the decision on whether or not to conduct test drilling in a particular location without the help and teamwork of many other professionals such as petroleum engineers and geoscientists. Together this team of scientists and engineers work in the field to determine not only if a particular area is petroleum rich but also if it is a feasible location for drilling. They also collaboratively determine the best method for extraction. Some of the typical tasks that a petroleum geologist must complete when determining potential drill sites include studying aerial photographs preparing surface maps examining rock formations interpreting data and estimating underground oil reserves. According to the minimum educational requirement for a petroleum geologist is a bachelor’s degree but most have master’s degrees. Additionally a majority of petroleum geologists choose to become certified. Certification is available through The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The website reports that the typical annual salaries for petroleum geologists range from $67849 to $132095.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $99972
High Salary: $132095
Low Salary: $67849
Tasks: Helps to find and extract petroleum.
Analyzes rock formations.
Examines data to estimate levels of petroleum reserves.
Works with engineers to determine drilling methods.
Also Called: Wellsite Geologist
Engineering Geologist
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