Your Questions About Petroleum Engineering Education
high paying job for the near future?
I’m 15, I am thinking a lot about college degrees, jobs, and education. I was thinking of many different jobs, and degrees. Such as petroleum engineering.
But petroleum engineering seems complicated, and i want to do something i like.
But many of these jobs may not exist so affectively as they do now, to 2020.
So what college degree should i consider, and is this degree worth for the future?
Brad Perry answers:
Petroleum engineering will certainly be around in 2020. I have known a few petroleum engineers over the years and they have all seemed professionally satisfied, happy, and well compensated. But don’t do it if you think it is “complicated”, that’s a pretty self-defeating attitude.
You may also want to check out green energy engineering, which will be a growth area for a long time and will probably be well compensated for the next century. But don’t do it if you think it is going to be too complicated.
Physician or Engineer?
I asked this question earlier,but as a result of being in a rush,my spelling and other key structures in the English Language were of an atrocious standard.I apologise to everyone who had to attempt a read of it,it was really bad!
Anyway,moving on.I am privately educated and I recently received my GCSE results,I will not include the details of all of these results as it subjected me to scorn,and many doubted my credibility,I will however provide the Information you need to work with; I achieved an A* in all of the science based disciplines,meaning Mathematics,Physics,Biology and Chemistry.I am interested in these subjects to a high degree,and especially Chemistry and Biology.This is exactly what makes this area of study and subsequent career choice a very difficult one.Down below I will outline the advantages,disadvantages and overall concern I have in these two areas,and I will hopefully present them in a format that allows for them to be compared.
Physician: Overview:The medical field is of great interest to me,especially that of plastic/cosmetic surgery.I am particularly interested in the face and related surgical procedures such as Epicanthoplasty and Rhinoplasty,as some examples.
Advantages:High job security,great career progression opportunity and perhaps less importantly,it allows for high income potential.Even more importantly to me,however is the fact this area of science is of great interest to me,as I mentioned earlier.
Disadvantages: Achieving a position in the medical sector will merit a very long time in education,at the high school level,degree level and especially during teaching at the stage of residency.All together this could warrant 12 or more years in education,proceeding high school.
Engineering: Overview:Engineering interests me slightly less than the Medical field in its raw form,however the results and invention as a result of engineering practise and theories are astonishing,and this is where the field of Engineering,specifically Chemical Engineering grabs my attention.
Disadvantages:The field of Engineering,in the raw form does not interest me perhaps as much as it should,this may cast a large metaphoric shadow over my ability to complete any course in relation to Engineering.Another concern is the dynamics of Chemical Engineering,in a changing world.At the moment the speciality of petroleum Engineering is of great interest,even when considering the dangerous,political failures I may have to work in.The field of clean and renewable Energy does not quite interest me as much as the forms of energy we use now do..Essentially my biggest block on this field is perhaps lack of interest in many areas of Engineering,and increasingly less demand for the area(S) I am currently interested in.
Advantages: Upon the baby boomers(Generation 139) finally all retiring,there is predicted to be a huge gap in the market,and subsequent demand for Engineers,in the western world.This major event in employment dynamics in this area means job prevalence is likely to be huge,job security high and large personal,economic gain becomes a very likely reality.But my ability to capitalise on this change will depend on the course of speciality I take,if any.
I hope my English was a lot better than the standard I posted earlier,I again apologise and if I have any spelling or Grammatical mistakes in this version,I would have to attribute this to being a teenager,in the current world of text shortening,and general bad spelling lol (sorry,I could not think of a word to express the fact I was joking).
Brad Perry answers:
In modern times interdisciplinary research is necessary. I would say whatever you pick, don’t leave the other one out of the equation. I myself am an engineer who intends to formally start studying medicine when i’m 30yo or so. Keep in mind that a strong background in biochemistry is needed if you want to be a good physician.
As far as engineering goes the possibilities are practically endless. Engineers are the jack of all trades but you have to study a LOT in order to be good. Everyone expects you to somehow pull a rabbit out of a hat and they don’t even give you the hat. I’m only 25, but during my first contact with a research project i felt like i was trying to cross the Atlantic on a tree log.
Good luck and hang on. If you study during college you won’t starve later, that’s for sure. Don’t waste your college years.
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