There are certainly job opportunities available to petroleum engineers within the United States, but someone considering this major should ideally be prepared to work in far-off places. For whatever reason, oil and gas tend to be found in deserts, jungles, tundra, and under the sea. Also, if you were to pick up a second language like Arabic, Spanish, French, or Russian while you get your degree, potential employers are likely to notice.
Petroleum engineers earn a hefty average of $138,000 per year. Several specializations are available, including refining, petroleum exploration, geosciences, drilling and fracking, process control, geosciences, and petroleum transportation.