Learn about the types of people who become petroleum engineers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2022
95% of petroleum engineers work in full-time roles while 5% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a petroleum engineer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming petroleum engineers at a ratio of 5.40 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2022
33% of petroleum engineers are female and 67% are male.
Gender Bias, 2022
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a petroleum engineer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a petroleum engineer and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more men interested in becoming a petroleum engineer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of petroleum engineers are White, making up 32% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 18% and 15% respectively.