Petroleum Engineers (17-2171)

Occupation description:  Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

For an explanation of the data, click on the question mark next to the heading.

Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 500480 -4.09 2330
United States 33,70038,800 15.2700 1,7002,910

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 74.4135.7748.03 63.6091.63*
Alaska 71.7442.0652.80 66.2481.68*
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 77.3145.0856.26 71.4889.50*
Balance of State 67.1439.6649.53 62.1277.2698.23

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
625180 28.835.6 26.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation85
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation78
UI claimants previously working in occupation57
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 127
Number of job position postings 9
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 14.1

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher (8 Hours)
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety (16 Hours)
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher (8 Hours)

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
North Slope Training Cooperative

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Unescorted Module - NSTC01
Unescorted Module Update/Refresher - NSTC02

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC), Optional H2S/FES Certificate

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
NSTC 6 PACK Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
NSTC 2014 ASH Update / 003
NSTC Confined Space Entry / 004
NSTC Energy Isolation / 005
NSTC Fall Protection / 006
NSTC Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Module/002
NSTC Respiratory Protection /007
NSTC Unescorted/001
PEC Premier Basic Orientation / 051
PEC Premier Core Compliance / 052

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Earthquake Engineering GCRT

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Petroleum Engineering BS
Petroleum Engineering MS

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)