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Energy Today – September 3, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 3, 2013

COLUMN – Your Kids Should Consider Petroleum Engineering

Reuters: Encouraged by some of the highest starting salaries available in any industry, record numbers of students are enrolling in petroleum engineering courses at U.S. universities.

It is part of a broader renaissance in engineering education, which should eventually ease severe skill shortages in the oil and gas sector.

But it will be the end of the decade before these new graduates are the experienced professionals needed to lead teams and make a real difference to exploration, output and refining.

In 2010, 1,295 graduate students enrolled in petroleum engineering courses at U.S. universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education's "Digest of Education Statistics."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.