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Petroleum Technicians


Petroleum technicians work in a wide variety of specialties. Many kinds of drilling technicians drill for petroleum from the earth and beneath the ocean. Loggers analyze rock cuttings from drilling and measure characteristics of rock layers. Various types of production technicians "complete" wells (prepare wells for production), collect petroleum from producing wells, and control production. Engineering technicians help improve drilling technology, maximize field production, and provide technical assistance. Maintenance technicians keep machinery and equipment running smoothly. Approximately 16,300 petroleum and geological technicians are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
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