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How should I approach a major in petroleum engineering?

My career goal is to become a petroleum engineer. It is a high paying and interesting career in my opinion. My plan is to get a masters in petroleum engineering, but in the meantime get a bachelors in chemical or mechanical engineering. What I'm wondering is what undergrad degree should i pursue. Would the job of a petroleum engineer differ depending on the undergrad degree or not. Also, what type of education would be good for petroleum engineer looking to work in research and development.

Asked By: Pdawg - 9/19/2012
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If you want to be a petroleum engineer you should start with a degree in petroleum engineering and then go out into the real world and get some experience. Oil field technology moves much faster than universities can keep up. You will learn more working than you will getting a masters degree... More
Answered By: oil field trash - 9/19/2012
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I don't know where you go to school, but at my university we have both a Mining and Petroleum discipline as well as Chemical with Oil sands option available as undergraduate degrees. However if you don't have this option Chemical with options specifically relating to natural resources or geology would probably be best... More
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Answered By: John - 9/19/2012
 
Good answers above me. I agree, the Masters is not much more than for engineers who want to go into management (blah...boring... More
Answered By: biire2u - 9/19/2012
 
You can pursue Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. in graduate level. Then do masters in Petroleum Engineering. You can do further research in Petroleum Engineering after that. Undergraduate course won't have any influence on your job as a petroleum or chemical engineer
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Answered By: jomi jose - 9/20/2012
 
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