Exploration and Production Occupations Vary

People with many different skills are needed to explore for oil and gas, drill new wells, maintain existing wells, and process natural gas. The largest group includes professional and related workers, accounting for about 23 percent of industry employment. Managerial, business, and financial workers account for about 21 percent of employment, while transportation and material moving workers make up about 12 percent, construction and extraction workers make up about 11 percent, and production workers also make up about 11 percent (table 1).A petroleum geologist or a geophysicist, who is responsible for analyzing and interpreting the information gathered, usually heads exploration operation...

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