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Refine your path to career success!

Get started in a career that has a promising future and is financially rewarding. Opportunities in Petroleum Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the petroleum industry.

This career-boosting book will help you:

  • Determine the specialty that's right for you, from scientific research to oil refining to petroleum sales
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the petroleum industry
  • Find out what kind of salary you can expect
  • Understand the daily routine of your chosen field
  • Focus your job search using industry resources


Drilling/production engineer • Environmental scientist • Chemical plant operator
• Process engineer
• Independent seller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071493079
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/18/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 How We Use Petroleum Products Every Day 1

Petroleum: A chemical "black gold."

Petroleum first used to light fires

Natural gas

Colonel Edwin L. Drake and his "folly."

Spindletop boom

Discovering new uses for petroleum

Seven sisters: now there are four

Petroleum industry of the twenty-first century

2 Petroleum Exploration 15


Related occupations

Leasing lands

Working as a landman or leasing agent

3 Drilling Wells 35

Drilling a well on land

Drilling a well offshore

Types of rigs

Components of a drilling rig

Safety while working on a drilling rig

Opportunities in drilling

Petroleum engineers

Additional jobs in the drilling sector

4 Producing and Recovering Petroleum from the Ground 59

Completing a well

Recovering petroleum from the well

Service and maintenance

Employment opportunities

5 Getting Petroleum to Market 67

Underground pipelines

Tankers and barges

Tank trucks and rail cars

Employment opportunities

6 Refining and Marketing 77

Refining petroleum

Manufacturing petrochemicals

Employment opportunities in refining

Marketing petroleum

7 Related Petroleum Occupations 95

Environmental concerns

Environmental scientists


Chemical manufacturers

Science technicians

Miscellaneous employment

8 Canada's Energy Industry 123

Employment opportunities

Labor and skill shortages


For more information

9 Employment Outlook for the Future 131

Global policies impact industry

A cyclical industry

Working conditions

Job outlook


Preparing for a future in the petroleum industry

Looking for a job

A final word

Appendix A Key Job-Search Websites, Organizations, and Associations 145

Appendix B Schools Specializing in Petroleum and Related Curriculums 159

Glossary 169

Bibliography 199

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