Is petroleum geology a good choice of job,considering oil will eventually run out?

I’m 16 years old and was considering a job in petroleum geology. I really love geography and being in the wild and i thought petroleum geology would be perfect for me. I would love if some sort of oil expert (lol) could answer my question and tell me if she/he thinks this is a viable job for the future?

2 Responses to “Is petroleum geology a good choice of job,considering oil will eventually run out?”

  1. vert.grimble Says:

    I’m a retired petroleum geologist. Actually that was the last 10 years of my career. I was also a hydro electric (dam building) geologist and in the coal business. I was also an expert in computer mapping (GIS and geostatistics).

    There will always be work for geologists. It is a great career – often your early years will be spend in the field (hiking, helicopter flying, getting chased by grizzly bears etc). Later you will spend more time in an office but you can always find an excuse to get out into nature.

    Businesses that need geologists include the oil biz, mining, engineering and now environmental companies. The key is to get a good, varied degree and get experience in your summers between schooling. You will need to be good in math, chemistry, physics, English and computers.

    Best of luck – if you need any other info email me.


  2. FA Says:

    Well, I’m not an oil expert but I’ll give it a go anyway.

    To be honest I can’t see hydrocarbons running out any time soon, we’re still pretty reliant on oil and even if conventional sources run out there’s still plenty of unconventional sources (oil shales, tar sands etc). Added to that are still pretty substantial reserves of natural gas and the possibility of extracting methane hydrates. Most of these involve similar techniques (as indeed does looking for water supplies, something that will become increasingly important) so I can’t imagine petroleum geology becoming obsolete any time soon.

    A word of warning though, geology is completely different from geography. There is a lot of microscope work, analysis of rock samples and, especially in petroleum geology interpretation of different types of primary data such seismic surveys, data from various wireline logs, and magnetic and gravity surveys which can get fairly tedious at times. If you’re interested then you should certainly look into it but quite a lot of people get caught out thinking it’s the same as physical geography.