Petroleum engineers use cutting-edge technology to create new methods of discovering and drilling for oil. They locate, recover, and maintain the world's oil and gas supplies. As the demand for new energy processes and resources continues to increase, so does the demand for petroleum engineers.

Most petroleum engineering degrees exist at the master's level, however, petroleum engineering can be quite rewarding even without an advanced degree. A graduate with a bachelor's degree can expect to move into a challenging assignment quickly, but petroleum engineers usually seek a master's degree to qualify for positions in technical or managerial areas. A PhD is usually the path to take for a research and/or teaching career.

Petroleum engineering students take basic engineering courses before moving into more specialized classes like geology, well drilling, reservoir fluids, fluid flow, petroleum production, and reservoir analysis.