Calhoun Jr., John C.,

  1. Returns were received from 22 companies with data sufficiently complete for comparative analysis. Twelve companies, reporting 400 or more engineers employed at year-end 1983, will be called Group I. Seven companies, reporting engineers employed at year-end 1983 in the 40 to 115 interval, are designated Group II, and three companies with 10 or less engineers employed at year-end 1983 are Group III. The total population of employed engineers and petroleum engineers represented at year-end 1983 are shown in Table I.

  2. Total engineers employed by these reporting companies reached a peak for year-end 1982, with a decrease of 0.7% to year-end 1983 (see Table II). Projections for year-end 1984 and beyond show- a further five-year decrease of 7.6% on the low side, and a five-year increase of 3.6% on the high side. There is a difference to be noted, however, between those companies with engineering complements over 400 and the other companies. The smaller companies did not report any drop in total engineering work force through 1983 and their five-year projections, even on the low side, show a five-year increase of 5.1%.

  3. The petroleum engineering work force reported by these companies did not decline at any point in the five year period 1979–1983, although the increase was only 1.8% for 1983 over 1982 (Table II).

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