Career Path Forecast
growth of about 2 percent, representing little or no change, is expected
for geological and petroleum technicians from 2008-2018 as oil companies
continue to search for new resource deposits to meet world demand for
petroleum products and natural gas.
The outlook for these workers is strongly tied to the price of oil;
historically, when prices are low, companies limit exploration and
curtail hiring of technicians, but when prices are high, they expand
exploration activities. In the long run, continued high oil prices will
maintain demand for these workers.
In addition to job openings
created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace
technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.