Petroleum engineering technologists may work in a variety of jobs related to oil and gas production and reservoir analysis. They are employed by:
- exploration, geological and geophysical companies
- oil, gas and resource companies
- engineering consulting firms
- petroleum service companies
- government departments and regulatory bodies.
Most major employers are located in western Canada but jobs are available worldwide.
Junior technologists initially may be posted to a field position to acquire relevant experience before moving into an office position. Some technologists start in offices immediately following post-secondary training. Experienced technologists may move into team leadership, supervisory or management positions.
Petroleum engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2212: Geological and mineral technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 82% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 5,100 Albertans are employed in the Geological and mineral technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 41 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As petroleumengineering technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for petroleumengineering technologists.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.