Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington
You'll make good money and work in the middle of nowhere.
Is that pretty much it?
you may, but that is not the most common case
petroleum engineers are titled as drilling engineers, production engineers, or reservoir engineers
the first is more involved in the mechanical aspect of drilling program (i.e. HOW to drill), and the latter more academic (i.e. where to drill)
accordingly, the first is likely to spend more time on-site/at the rig (e.g. in a trailer), and the latter working from an office - with occasional rig visits
the location also varies... "middle of nowhere" could be in rifle, colorado; in the middle of the gulf; but it could also be in denver (multiple mid-majors), copenhagen (maersk), oslo (statoil), the hague or rijswijk netherlands (shell), etc.... jakarta... balipapan... luanda... kuala lumpur... good or bad its all there
pay.... extremely competitive, considering for many of these guys (reservoir engineers especially) its a 40hr workweek whereas your other 6-figure peers are pushing 60-80 hrs