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Petroleum Engineers (17-2171)

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.
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 454 470 3.52 8 26 36
United States 33500 34300 0.0 600 1900 2500
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 74.20 37.80 51.99 66.02 90.88 *
Alaska 72.30 44.09 52.98 65.43 79.71 *
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 72.73 44.74 53.48 65.56 80.07 *
Balance of State 71.91 41.97 49.72 66.59 79.48 *

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