Utah has long been a state of pioneers and with petroleum it is no different. Its rich deposits of organic prehistoric materials makes it a state rich in petroleum. All this makes it an excellent state to both earn a degree in the highly sought out field of Petroleum engineering as well as study and earn a degree there. Unlike many other states, one doesn’t have to study and then go looking somewhere else for job placement.
Petroleum engineers typically are responsible for identifying potential deposits. Thereafter they develop plans for extraction and implement them overseeing job sights and personnel. It is therefore of great importance to have training in geology and in conservation as well as management and personnel skills.
In 2013 in response to the rising need for qualified petroleum engineers, the University of Utah launched its Petroleum Engineering program. “According to the International Energy Agency, the United States will be the top producer of oil in the world by 2020, surpassing oil stalwarts Saudi Arabia and Russia. In parallel with a meteoric rise in fuel production is an increasing demand for experienced engineers with knowledge of the petroleum industry.”
John McLennan, associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Utah added further commentary, stating that economic and environmentally responsible extraction was a major focus. He explained the program was designed to help new graduates with the “opportunity” to start in the business.
Statistics from the Department of Labor indicate that those with at least a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering can earn a median petroleum engineer salary in Utah of $114,080 per year. For that matter, the field is predicted to grow 17 percent by 2020.
With oil trade shifting and homeland resources in need of responsible development, a petroleum engineer will be a highly valued employee.
University of UtahSalt Lake City, UT$23,736
Utah State UniversityLogan, UT$17,550
Uintah Basin Applied TechRoosevelt, UTUnknown