Total Hours: 16
Program Demand and Occupational Need
Employers in the oil and gas industry report considerable difficulty recruiting qualified individuals to fill open positions (lease operators). The oil and gas boom has resulted in increased demand for workers in this and related positions.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (accessed 3/22/20), employment of geological and petroleum technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. This degree can open opportunities in jobs such as a lease operator, facility operator, engineering assistants, technical sales professionals, instrument technician, motor control technician, and mechanics.