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Career and Education Opportunities for Petroleum Engineers in Wyoming

Wyoming has a population of 544,270, which has grown by 10.22% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Equality State," Wyoming's capital and largest city is Cheyenne.

There are currently 680 jobs for petroleum engineers in Wyoming and this is projected to grow by 35% to about 910 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for petroleum engineers, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.4% over the next eight years. Petroleum engineers generally devise methods to improve oil and gas well production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs.

The income of a petroleum engineer is about $35 hourly or $73,130 annually on average in Wyoming. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $51 hourly or $108,020 per year on average. Petroleum engineers earn more than people working in the category of Engineering generally in Wyoming and more than people in the Engineering category nationally. Jobs in this field include: research chief engineer, well logging mud analysis captain, and project reservoir engineer.

In 2008, there were a total of 404,855 jobs in Wyoming. The average annual income was $48,580 in 2008, up from $46,726 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Wyoming was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.9% of Wyoming residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Wyoming include mining, mining (except oil), and crude petroleum gas extraction. Notable tourist attractions include the Union Pacific Historical Society, the Nelson Museum of the West, and the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

CITIES WITH Petroleum Engineer OPPORTUNITIES IN Wyoming


JOB DESCRIPTION: Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, petroleum engineers devise methods to improve oil and gas well production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. They also oversee drilling and offer technical advice to achieve economical and satisfactory progress.

Every day, petroleum engineers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Wyoming include:

  • Chemical Engineer. Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
  • Civil Engineer. Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Includes architectural, structural, and geo-technical engineers.
  • Computer Engineer. Research, design, and test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.
  • Electrical Engineer. Design, develop, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, or scientific use.
  • Electronics Engineer. Research, design, and test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, or scientific use utilizing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
  • Fire Prevention Research Engineer. Research causes of fires, determine fire protection methods, and design or recommend materials or equipment such as structural components or fire-detection equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion, and related hazards.
  • Health, Safety, and Environment Manager. Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.
  • Mechanical Engineer. Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, and steam systems.
  • Product Safety Engineer. Develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Wyoming

Wyoming
Wyoming photo by David Jolley

Wyoming has a population of 544,270, which has grown by 10.22% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Equality State," Wyoming's capital and most populous city is Cheyenne. In 2008, there were a total of 404,855 jobs in Wyoming. The average annual income was $48,580 in 2008, up from $46,726 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Wyoming was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.9% of Wyoming residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Wyoming include mining, mining (except oil), and crude petroleum gas extraction. Notable tourist destinations include the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Nelson Museum of the West, and the Union Pacific Historical Society.