Oil & Gas Job Descriptions

The latest comprehensive oil & gas job descriptions.

Drilling Engineer

Responsible for the design and implementation of oil and gas wells. Performs design evaluations and recommends alterations to improve safety, cost savings and efficiency. May conduct risk assessment and cost estimation. Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering and 2-4 years of relevant experience.

Geological Engineer

Designs mines for the safe and efficient removal of minerals, such as coal and metals, for manufacturing and utilities. Works mostly in mining operations in remote locations, sometimes also in sand-and-gravel operations located near larger cities. Requires a bachelor’s degree.


Researches and studies rock layers, variations in rock formations and densities to identify new mineral deposits. Estimates the depth, quality and vastness of deposits. Tests mineral quality and purity to determine feasibility of mining. May provide consultation on complex projects. Requires a bachelor’s degree.

Petroleum Engineer

Designs and develops methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. Identifies new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. Generally works in offices or research laboratories, but can also spend long periods of time at drilling sites. Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Petroleum Geologist

Studies and examines variations in rock formations and mineral samples to identify new gas and oil deposits. Analyzes the integrity of wells, and estimates the depth, quality and vastness of deposits. May consult on complex projects. Typically reports to a manager or department head. Requires a bachelor’s degree.

Reservoir Engineer

Responsible for identifying oil and gas reserves and developing strategies to maximize recovery. Designs and tests new wells and monitors and predicts performance. Some creativity and latitude is required. Typically reports to a supervisor. Requires a bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience.