The petroleum industry has always been of great significance, a global industry with multiple opportunities for those who are specialized or interested in geosciences. The industry is a great gateway for jobs that are both- diverse and suit people with varied personality types.

Surrounded by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, sharing the borders with Qatar and Iran, the United Arab Emirates lies between Oman and Saudi Arabia. Consisting of seven emirates, the UAE boasts to be the world’s seventh-largest place for oil reserves and seventieth largest for natural gas reserves. UAE is one of the most developed economies in the Middle East and is expanding its oil and natural gas industry at a rapid pace. Petroleum jobs in UAE will provide the professionals a platform to move ahead in their careers at a rapid pace.

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Moreover, there are opportunities that will take the prospective professionals virtually in every part of the world- both in foreign countries and within the Emirates.

Petroleum Industry – a cumulative term used to identify companies which deal in the production of petroleum products and play an important role to bring crude oil, fuel oils, gasoline and related essential petroleum-based products to the global market.

Such companies provide valuable insight and  involve themselves in extensive tasks like exploration of fresh reserves, used in the production of fuel oils, extraction of resources, refining and transporting these fuel and oil products to the desired destinations. Apart from the aforementioned tasks, petroleum jobs are sectioned into several specialties, each with a different set of responsibilities and educational prerequisites.

The following section of the article will give you more information on various types of jobs available in the UAE’ petroleum industry, their responsibilities, and requirements that to succeed:

  • Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum engineers are particularly in demand in the industry because they have a flair to figure out things well- an ability to solve the problems, create and maintain relationships, creatively dealing with the drilling and other management procedures.

These engineers specially design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas under the earth surface. Also, to step ahead in their field, professionals keep themselves updated with the new technology coming up in the market and find new ways for extracting, drilling and management operations. Petroleum engineers generally spend their time in research laboratories and often visit drilling sites

  • Reservoir Engineers

Reservoir Engineers identify oil and gas reserves, develop strategies to assess uncertainty and maximize recovery by using reservoir simulation tools. They aim at safety, efficiency and improved recovery from every subsurface reservoir.

Uncertainty assessment is fundamental to manage oil and gas reservoirs as these engineers make decisions on the basis of uncertain models/outcomes. Reservoir engineers specialize in two areas- surveillance or production engineering and simulation modeling or reservoir simulation. In the former, surveillance engineers monitor the existing fields and makes sure to optimize production and injection rates, whereas, in the latter one, engineers determine the development plans for oil and gas reservoirs and integrate tests into their data for reservoirs in geothermal drilling. An accuracy of models, skills to control data quality and participation in field development to optimize production are some of the common proficiencies that reservoir engineers should possess in them.

  • Drilling Engineer

Drilling engineers develop, plan, cost, design, implement and supervise drilling methods for all types of wells. These engineers are involved from the initial stage of designing a well to testing, completion, and abandonment in the most safest and economical way possible. Engineers generally operate on land, mobile drilling units, service Company or on offshore platforms. Engineers do extensive work of administering drilling, designing, planning of wells and supervising the drilling crew on site.

Moreover, to get the best possible outcome, oversee the safety of the crew, ensure the protection of the environment and to monitor the drilling progress, drilling engineers work closely with other teams such as geologist, geoscientist, reservoir engineers, field workers, petroleum engineers, among others.

The role can involve precision in work, strong communication skills, an ability to work under pressure and to have a good technical understanding of scientific principles.

  • Geologists

Geoscientists study the composition, structure and related physical attributes of the earth. Basically they find, locate and advise on extraction of minerals, petroleum, geothermal and other oil and gas deposits. Geoscientist and Geophysicists generally spend their working hours in the laboratory, office, and field- where they analyze and detect samples and computer models. In addition to it, these professionals help the oil and gas companies to locate oil and gas reserves through seismic ranging. The role has to forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical and thermal activity. Geoscientist and Geophysicists can explore working options in the production companies that deal in various services such as finding and extracting oil and gas reserves, mapping the subsurface of ocean or land and other geographical services. Professionals are required to use sophisticated and technologically designed geophysical instrumentation, well logged data and computers to interpret an accurate geological information.

Field Workers 

Field workers are in great demand in the petroleum industry jobs. Workers in this category are efficient and are willing to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions. People such as millwrights, machinist, among others are the ones who actually operate and repair all of the equipment and machinery required for fuel operations. Without them, the aforementioned skilled professionals wouldn’t be able to do their work efficiently. Therefore, this category of workers fills a large percentage of petroleum jobs.

At last, to excel in aforementioned occupations, professionals are required to have essential skills including strong communication and interpersonal skills, a high level of experience and IT skills, an analytical ability to solve the problems, a sensitivity to different cultures and their way of working, and teamwork skills among others. Though recruitment in the oil and gas industry is affected by oil price fluctuations but many jobs are available overseas, hence, professionals interested in petroleum industry should always be on lookout for suitable opportunities that will help them to learn and rise in this ever growing field.

Author Bio: –

Aakanksha PasrichaAakanksha Pasricha has been extensively researching about the job market in Gulf Region. When she isn’t writing she browses around the high streets as she definitely has an eye for details. You can visit her @G+aakanksha

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