Mining & Petroleum Technology
Types of Degrees Mining & Petroleum Technology Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many mining and petroleum technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Mining & Petroleum Technology Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, mining and petroleum tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Mining & Petroleum Tech Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Skills for Mining & Petroleum Tech Majors
mining and petroleum tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Abilities for Mining & Petroleum Tech Majors
A major in mining and petroleum tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
What Can You Do With a Mining & Petroleum Technology Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with mining and petroleum tech:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Geological Sample Test Technicians||16.0%||$53,300|
|Geophysical Data Technicians||16.0%||$53,300|
|Mechanical Engineering Technologists||5.2%||$63,200|
|Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining||23.4%||$47,860|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining & Petroleum Technology?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mining and petroleum tech majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||9|
|Hispanic or Latino||0|
Students from other countries are interested in Mining & Petroleum Tech, too. About 2.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- Saudi Arabia
How Much Do Mining & Petroleum Technology Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in mining and petroleum tech was $49,200 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $49,200 (25th percentile) and $49,200 (75th percentile).
It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in mining and petroleum tech, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $52,780 to $65,720 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to mining and petroleum tech. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Mining & Petroleum Technology
Some careers associated with mining and petroleum tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to mining and petroleum tech have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||7.7%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||16.3%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||5.5%|
|Some College Courses||3.8%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||17.4%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||0.6%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||1.3%|
Online Mining & Petroleum Technology Programs
In 2018-2019, 56 schools offered a mining and petroleum tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||31||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||27||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Mining & Petroleum Technology Worth It?
The median salary for a mining and petroleum tech grad is $62,890 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 58% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $459,800 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to Mining & Petroleum Technology
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mining and petroleum tech.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Industrial Production Technology||14,313|
|Drafting & Design Engineering Technology||10,756|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technology||10,702|
|Environmental Control Technology||10,042|
|Electronics Engineering Technology||9,875|
|Mechanical Engineering Technology||7,772|
|Quality Control Technology||4,315|
|General Engineering Technology||4,212|
|Computer Engineering Technology||4,180|
|Construction Engineering Technology||3,824|
|Engineering Technology (Other)||1,786|
|Architectural Engineering Technology||1,362|
|Civil Engineering Technology||1,357|
|Nuclear Engineering Technology||388|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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