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Petroleum Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233612

Overview

All Mining Engineers

  • $3,118 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Petroleum Engineers

  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 17% female Gender Share

Petroleum Engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting petroleum or natural gas from the earth.

Specialisations: Mud Engineer, Petrophysical Engineer.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in petroleum engineering to work as a Petroleum Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Conducts preliminary surveys of petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, geologists, geophysicists, other scientists and engineers to determine the resources present, the feasibility of extracting the reserves, and the design and development of the extraction process.
  • Prepares operation and project cost estimates and production schedules, and reports the progress, production and costs compared to budget.
  • Assesses the natural, technical, financial and safety risks associated with the phases of the project development, construction and operations.
  • Co-ordinates the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions.
  • Conducts research and provides advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum and natural gas.
  • Determines location for drilling.
  • Decides on types of derrick and equipment including seabed platforms.
  • Devises methods of controlling the flow of oil and gas from wells.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in petroleum engineering to work as a Petroleum Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Mining Engineers who can communicate clearly, have strong interpersonal skills and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    86% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Mathematics

    74% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Physics

    69% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  4. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Administration and management

    62% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  6. Chemistry

    59% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Technical design

    56% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  8. Geography

    55% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  9. English language

    53% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  10. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Economics and accounting

    52% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    48% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Clerical

    43% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Education and training

    43% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  15. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  16. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Sales and marketing

    36% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Transportation

    27% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    23% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  4. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Coordination with others

    55% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  11. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  12. Time management

    54% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    52% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    52% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Systems analysis

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  17. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  18. Negotiation

    50% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  20. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Written comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Brainstorming

    52% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  16. Working with numbers

    48% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  17. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Visualization

    45% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    80% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    79% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    77% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    73% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    72% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Scheduling work and activities

    70% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  11. Giving expert advice

    69% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  12. Assessing and evaluating things

    68% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  13. Coordinating the work of a team

    68% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  14. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  15. Explaining things to people

    67% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    64% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  18. Working with computers

    56% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    56% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    49% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2171.00 - Petroleum Engineers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Unstructured work

    94% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Impact of decisions

    90% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  8. Spend time sitting

    90% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with people

    90% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    83% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    74% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  18. Consequence of error

    68% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Competition

    68% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  20. Conflict situations

    60% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2171.00 - Petroleum Engineers.

All Mining Engineers

  • $3,118 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Petroleum Engineers

  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 17% female Gender Share

Petroleum Engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting petroleum or natural gas from the earth.

Specialisations: Mud Engineer, Petrophysical Engineer.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in petroleum engineering to work as a Petroleum Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Conducts preliminary surveys of petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, geologists, geophysicists, other scientists and engineers to determine the resources present, the feasibility of extracting the reserves, and the design and development of the extraction process.
  • Prepares operation and project cost estimates and production schedules, and reports the progress, production and costs compared to budget.
  • Assesses the natural, technical, financial and safety risks associated with the phases of the project development, construction and operations.
  • Co-ordinates the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions.
  • Conducts research and provides advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum and natural gas.
  • Determines location for drilling.
  • Decides on types of derrick and equipment including seabed platforms.
  • Devises methods of controlling the flow of oil and gas from wells.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in petroleum engineering to work as a Petroleum Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Mining Engineers who can communicate clearly, have strong interpersonal skills and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    86% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Mathematics

    74% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Physics

    69% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  4. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Administration and management

    62% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  6. Chemistry

    59% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Technical design

    56% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  8. Geography

    55% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  9. English language

    53% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  10. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Economics and accounting

    52% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    48% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Clerical

    43% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Education and training

    43% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  15. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  16. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Sales and marketing

    36% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Transportation

    27% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    23% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  4. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Coordination with others

    55% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  11. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  12. Time management

    54% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    52% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    52% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Systems analysis

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  17. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  18. Negotiation

    50% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  20. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Written comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Brainstorming

    52% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  16. Working with numbers

    48% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  17. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Visualization

    45% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    80% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    79% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    77% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    73% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    72% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Scheduling work and activities

    70% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  11. Giving expert advice

    69% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  12. Assessing and evaluating things

    68% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  13. Coordinating the work of a team

    68% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  14. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  15. Explaining things to people

    67% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    64% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  18. Working with computers

    56% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    56% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    49% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2171.00 - Petroleum Engineers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Unstructured work

    94% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Impact of decisions

    90% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  8. Spend time sitting

    90% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with people

    90% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    83% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    74% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  18. Consequence of error

    68% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Competition

    68% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  20. Conflict situations

    60% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2171.00 - Petroleum Engineers.
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