North Dakota is somewhat of an oddity in economic history, because it thrives in agricultural produce despite being a northern state. In fact, it’s the northernmost state in the upper Midwest. It is also further anomalous because during the recession of 2008 and onward the state actually boomed in natural resource demand. Oil extraction was one of the biggest assets of the state, particularly from the Bakken Formation. This has promoted job growth in North Dakota, so much so that it is currently last place for unemployment for the state at only 2.6%. It also boasted a budget surplus for the last six years and counting!
The state has 11 public college or universities as well as five tribal community colleges. Notable names of the state include the North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. Others are the Minot State University, Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, and North Dakota State University in Fargo. Fargo also has the private college of Rasmussen.
For engineering, a must-learn subject for petroleum engineering, schools in North Dakota include Bismarck State College, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University-Main Campus, University of Mary, and the University of North Dakota. Students should seek out studies in related fields too, such as chemical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering.
The petroleum engineer salary is $93,000, 11% lower than the national average. It does seem that states with a more stable oil economy pay less on average, perhaps in turn for steadier work. Nonetheless, other careers related to the field may pay more. This includes working as a construction engineer in a chemical plant ($114,000 according to Indeed) or an electrical Instrumentation Engineer ($123,000).
For more information on petroleum engineering colleges in South Dakota visit the college of your choice and ask about engineering careers and petroleum, the most promising lead in the state.
Williston State CollegeWilliston, ND$5,037