Working in oil and gas pays off for new graduates

Working in oil and gas pays off for new graduates

From Spindletop to The Beverly Hillbillies to natural gas shale-plays in Texas and South Dakota, oil pays.

And these days…it pays big.


Energy careers are in high demand, especially for oil and gas engineers. If you’ve got the training to become one after you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree, expect to be paid handsomely. According to OilGrads, a petroleum engineer had an average starting salary of $60,718 as of 2007. And energy engineers and geoscientists are some of the highest-earning professions in the United States.

But even if you don’t have a degree yet, there are still many entry-level positions available. Many popular positions include radio operators, engineers, welders, and heavy machine operators. If you’ve completed some classes towards a degree or possess related work experience, you can reap the benefits of on-the-job training from many companies. Learning on the job provides greater knowledge and hands-on experience, which in turn leads to big promotions—and higher salaries.

While the compensation may be attractive, it’s not about the money for many new graduates. It’s about embarking on what many consider to be a noble quest to fulfill the global demand for energy. With over nine million jobs in the US (and counting) coming from the oil and gas industry, the future looks bright for new grads interested in oil and gas.

Elizabeth ChapmanMarketing Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!


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