Shortage of Petroleum Engineers

Posted on May 14, 2006  Comments (0)

Talent Shortage Slows Oil Tech

There’s an extreme shortage of experienced petroleum engineers,” said Tariq Ahmad, a petroleum engineer consultant who has been in the business for 28 years. “The technology is there, but if you don’t have the people who can run the technology, what’s the use? It’s a major, major problem.”

A total of 2,412 students are enrolled in petroleum engineering undergraduate programs in the United States this year, according to Lloyd Heinze, chair of the petroleum engineering department at Texas Tech University. That compares with 11,014 students enrolled in petroleum engineering programs in 1983.

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