The world will always need energy, and you can be the one to make it happen. With a growing global population, demand for efficient and safe energy sources will only grow more robust. That means the development and production of abundant resources, namely oil and gas, is here to stay. Take a look at some reasons why you should enroll in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming.
Currently, there are less than 20 U.S. institutions to offer a petroleum engineering program. What does that mean for you? Less competition and more available positions awaiting graduates after college. Our graduates have landed positions with some of the top companies in the world, including Halliburton, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger and Shell.
Secure Your Financial Future
Industry reports indicate that petroleum engineering graduates typically earn $90,000 and $100,000 per year. Another factor to keep in mind: The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics says the petroleum engineering field is projected to grow by nearly 20 percent from previous levels by 2020.
Learn From The Best
There’s no better way to learn and immerse yourself in the field than to study at UW. The state of Wyoming provides a significant portion of the raw sources of energy that end up in gas tanks and power plants. So far in 2017, the state is the fourth-largest producer of natural gas and the eighth largest for crude oil.
Your prospects improve significantly with the addition of the Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media at the High Bay Research Facility, slated to open in August 2017. It is one of the most advanced oil and gas research facilities in existence, featuring world-class faculty and students and millions of dollars in equipment and research capability. If you want to set yourself apart, this is the place to do it.
Things are Looking Up
While U.S. crude oil production fell in 2016, output is projected to rebound soon. The current administration is expected to roll back regulations that hamper output in the years ahead, and have already given backing to two major pipeline projects, the Keystone XL and Dakota Access. The nation’s oil and gas industry is expected to boost spending this year and rig counts continue to climb and are at the highest levels since 2015.
Natural gas consumption has risen in nine out of the last 10 years, according to the Energy Information Administration. State officials say applications for opening up new wells have increased by about 40 percent in 2017, a good indication that the state and nation’s rig count is likely to increase for the future.
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