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Why You Should Pursue a Career in Upstream Engineering

business people group on meeting and presentation  in bright modern office with construction engineer architect and worker looking building model and blueprint planbleprint plansWhen it comes to deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life, important considerations include: What are you good at/what are your skillsets? What do you actually enjoy doing? What would your chances be of landing a job in your chosen field? If you are good at math/science, enjoy specialized work, and want to enter into a very promising industry, a career in upstream engineering may be right for you. Continue reading to learn more about why you should pursue a career in upstream engineering.

People will tell you that pursuing a business degree is a foolproof way to guarantee you will get a job after graduation. Unfortunately, not only is a business degree very broad, but so many others have been told the same advice. There are no shortage of college graduates with business degrees, with the same basic skillsets. Likewise, while a law degree was once an appealing résumé inclusion, there are now so many lawyers and so few job openings.

On the other hand, the future of the upstream engineering industry is looking good. Your best bet in this job market is to pursue a career in a field that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The American Petroleum Institute predicts that more than 500,000 new jobs in upstream engineering will be created by the year 2020. And more than half of these are predicted to be in the gulf region, as Texas is home to many oil headquarters. Currently, mechanical engineers in the upstream engineering field top the list of the most in-demand workers. This is partially because many of the engineers who have held industry jobs for 30-40+ years are now deciding to retire.

Because of the high demand for workers and the highly specialized nature of the work, salaries in upstream engineering are very high. You can expect to earn anywhere between $60k-100k in a starting position, without being expected to know everything right away. Many companies in the industry put a lot into their training programs to help new employees get up to speed and familiar with the projects in front of them. Additionally, there is much room for growth and advancement within the industry, so you can further your career easily.

Within the upstream engineering industry, you will feel valued, knowing that you are having a profound impact on the reputation, financial return, and the future of the company you are working for. You are helping produce energy and making a real impact in one of the most vital areas of your company.

Have you already decided that a career in upstream engineering is right for you? Are you looking to advance your career within the oil & gas industry? The job recruiters at Vision Quest Consultants can help match you with the right job and company for your skillset. Learn more about our process, view available job openings, and more below. We would love to help you get found and achieve success.


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