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Mining & Petroleum Technology

62 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#285 in Popularity
$62,890 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Mining & Petroleum Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mining and petroleum technology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 421
Basic Certificate 260
Undergraduate Certificate 233
Bachelor’s Degree 62

What Mining & Petroleum Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to mining and petroleum tech were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Mining & Petroleum Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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

When studying mining and petroleum tech, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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

Mining and Petroleum Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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?

People with a mining and petroleum tech degree often go into the following careers:

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?

62 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
16% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 62 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mining and petroleum technology in 2018, making it rank #285 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 87% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mining and petroleum tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mining & Petroleum Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 50
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Mining & Petroleum Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Congo

How Much Do Mining & Petroleum Technology Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in mining and petroleum technology made a median starting salary of $49,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $49,200 (25th percentile) and $49,200 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to mining and petroleum tech so take that into consideration.

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.

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Some degrees associated with mining and petroleum tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.2%
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%
Master’s Degree 13.3%
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%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Mining & Petroleum Technology Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 58 schools offered some type of mining and petroleum technology program. 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 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 32 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 40 4
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 31 3
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mining and petroleum tech.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,418
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,842
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,032
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,880
Environmental Control Technology 9,388
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,628
Engineering-Related Fields 6,673
Quality Control Technology 4,467
Computer Engineering Technology 4,406
General Engineering Technology 4,049
Construction Engineering Technology 3,497
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,906
Civil Engineering Technology 1,526
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,236
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nuclear Engineering Technology 318
Nanotechnology 152

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