Ghalambor, A., University of Southwestern Louisiana SPE Member

Introduction

The purpose of this paper is to report the results of the supply and demand surveys conducted annually by the SPE manpower committee.

The 1990 Demand Survey was sent to the companies in the upstream side of the petroleum industry., they included major operators, independent producers, and various service companies. A total of 21 responses were received compared to the 23 in 1989. A group of six respondents had 7 to 42 engineers employed, three with 60-76 engineers, four with 105-339, and five with more than 500 engineers. The remaining responses were not usable. Most of the surveys had been completed prior to the Geo-political and military events of August 2, 1990 in the Persian Gulf.

The following questions are asked in the survey for the years 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989:

  1. Total Number of Engineers Employed at the year-end.

  2. Total number of BS or MS degreed Petroleum Engineers Employed at the year-end.

  3. Total Number of On-campus Engineering Graduates Hired.

  4. Actual Number of BS or MS degreed Petroleum Engineers Hired.

  5. Total Number of Engineering Graduates Hired

The following questions are asked in the survey for the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.

  1. Total High and Low Number of Engineers to be on the Job at year-end.

  2. Total High and Low Number of On-campus Engineering Graduates to be Hired.

  3. Total High and Low Number of BS and MS degreed Petroleum Engineering Graduates to be Hired.

The 1989-90 supply survey was sent to 28 petroleum engineering programs in the U.S. Twenty-five of these schools offer degree programs in Petroleum Engineering and three offer options in petroleum engineering within another engineering degree program. A total of 26 schools responded to the surveys, which approximately represent 97% of the U.S. enrollment.

Each school reports the number of graduates during the 1989-90 academic year at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. Those graduates who are non U.S. citizens, non U.S. residents, attending graduate schools, or entering the military are reported as not seeking a job. The remainder are considered as a number of those who are seeking a job.

The type of employment is divided into the following nine employer categories:

  1. Major Producers

  2. Independent Producers

  3. Gas Transmission Companies

  4. Service and Drilling Companies

  5. Government (Federal and State)

  6. Consulting

  7. Other Petroleum Related (Finance, Education)

  8. Non-Petroleum Related

  9. Unknown (Employer Not Reported)

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