What to study to work in the oil industry

The oil and gas industries are among the most lucrative to be in but they’re not easy to break into. Find out what to study to work in the oil industry and how to get a foot in the door.
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The type of course is very much dependant on the type of job you’re looking for. It goes without saying that if you’re interested in working in marketing, you’ll need a marketing degree, if you want to be an accountant, you need an accounting degree. Of course, the oil industry offers these roles that can be found across most other sectors but what will you need for other more specialised jobs in this field?


Studying geophysics at an institute like the University College London would give you all the knowledge you’ll need to break into the oil industry with a more specialised job. This course could get you a job within seismology, marine geophysics, petroleum and exploration geophysics or mining geophysics. It’s also a great course if you’re interested in a career as an environmental geophysicists, atmospheric physicist or a magnetic geophysicist.

How to find work

This is just as difficult as the course. If an organisation you’d like to work for isn’t displaying any job opportunities, you’ll need to get creative. Try phoning their HR department to ask if there are any opportunities. You could do this by Email, if you’d rather pick your words carefully but if you do don’t get too forward and attach your CV or any letter of recommendation. They’ll ask for these things if they’re interested in offering you a chance to interview.

Graduate / intern jobs

These firms will offer graduate and intern jobs but they will have a limited period in which they do this. If you’re outside of this, you’ll need to reapply the following year.

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