Contributed by: filbert Sunday, September 02 2007 @ 03:03 PM CST
Management consulting firm Oliver Wyman says roughly eight in 10 global oil and gas companies forecast a shortage of petroleum engineers through at least 2011. The American Petroleum Institute said U.S. energy companies will need at least another 5,000 engineers by decade’s end.
In Houston, home to scores of exploration, engineering and services companies, simply check the classified ads: Row upon row of job listings for engineers at ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Corp. and numerous others.
Petroleum engineers evaluate potential oil and gas reservoirs, work with geologists and other specialists to understand rock formations, determine drilling methods and then monitor drilling and recovery operations. One of their big tasks is to design methods that achieve maximum recovery of oil and gas.
“I can assure you, it’s tight from a supply standpoint, hot from a demand standpoint and lucrative from a job searcher’s standpoint,” said Cary Wilkins, who leads Shell’s recruitment efforts in the U.S. and Canada.