Although most jobs in the oil field require little or no college education, degrees are needed for some oil and gas careers. Those working in professional fields such geoscience, engineering, finance, marketing, and human resources will need at least a bachelor's degree. Some entry-level positions may require only an associate's degree.
For those interested in oil and gas careers, education can be obtained through the traditional route of on-campus courses and degree programs. However, with the current trend in online education, many courses in the petroleum industry can be completed online. These classes focus on knowledge on oil deposits, oil drilling techniques, chemical handling, safety and hazard awareness, and other skills needed in order to be successful at oil and gas careers. Many universities in Texas offer degrees that can be completed fully online, especially in the area of engineering. The classes in the degree programs prepare students for technical and managerial roles in oil and gas careers. Many engineering positions in the petroleum industry require a master's degree. Depending on the type of online format the student chooses (part-time, full-time, modular, etc.), a master's degree can be completed in anywhere from 1-5 years.
In many industries, more education equates to higher pay and better job opportunities. This is no different for oil and gas careers. Even with the abundance of positions available in the petroleum industry, obtaining the highest level of education possible can open the door to many advancement opportunities within the industry.
Last Updated: 08/20/2013
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