There are currently an estimated 33,700 petroleum engineers in the United States. The petroleum engineer job market is expected to grow by 15.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are petroleum engineers?

CareerExplorer rates petroleum engineers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 9,700 petroleum engineers. That number is based on 5,100 additional petroleum engineers, and the retirement of 4,600 existing petroleum engineers.

What’s the supply of petroleum engineers?

The petroleum engineer industry is concentrated in Texas, Oklahoma, California

Petroleum Engineer job market by state

State Name Employed Petroleum Engineers
Texas 17,840
Oklahoma 2,380
California 2,240
Louisiana 1,510
Colorado 1,410
Pennsylvania 930
Alaska 820
West Virginia 390
Wyoming 380
Ohio 310
New Mexico 300
Illinois 280
Montana 220
Virginia 220
New Jersey 190
Utah 190
Kansas 180
North Dakota 140
Alabama 130
Michigan 120
Arizona 110
Arkansas 100
Georgia 80
Tennessee 40
Missouri 40