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.
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Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.
* 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 workers||Nonresident workers
||Percent nonresident||Percent age 45 plus||Percent age 50 plus
|2016 Potential Supply
|Qualified but working in another occupation||85
|Currently employed in a lower paid occupation||78
|UI claimants previously working in occupation||57
|2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
|Number of registrants
|Number of job position postings
|Ratio of registrants to job position postings
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
Alaska Economic Trends articles
Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)