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Working As A Gas Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Gas Analyst Do

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.

Duties

Petroleum engineers typically do the following:

  • Design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way
  • Develop ways to inject water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reserve to force out more oil
  • Develop plans to drill in oil and gas fields, and then to recover the oil and gas
  • Evaluate the production of wells through testing and surveys
  • Use computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of an oil and gas deposit to a single well
  • Make sure that oil field equipment is installed, operated, and maintained properly

Oil and gas deposits, or reservoirs, are located deep in rock formations underground. These reservoirs can only be accessed by drilling wells, either on land or at sea from offshore oil rigs.

Once oil and gas are discovered, petroleum engineers work with geoscientists and other specialists to understand the geologic formation of the rock containing the reservoir. They then determine the drilling methods, design the drilling equipment, implement the drilling plan, and monitor operations.

The best techniques currently being used recover only a portion of the oil and gas in a reservoir, so petroleum engineers also research and develop new ways to recover more of the oil and gas. This helps to lower the cost of drilling and production.

The following are examples of types of petroleum engineers:

Completions engineers decide the best way to finish building wells so that oil or gas will flow up from underground. They oversee work to complete the building of wells, which might involve the use of tubing, hydraulic fracturing, or pressure-control techniques.

Drilling engineers determine the best way to drill oil or gas wells, taking into account a number of factors, including cost. They also ensure that the drilling process is safe, efficient, and minimally disruptive to the environment.

Production engineers take over wells after drilling is completed. They typically monitor wells’ oil and gas production. If wells are not producing as much as expected, production engineers figure out ways to increase the amount being extracted.

Reservoir engineers estimate how much oil or gas can be recovered from underground deposits, known as reservoirs. They study reservoirs’ characteristics and determine which methods will get the most oil or gas out of them. They also monitor operations to ensure that the optimal levels of these resources are being recovered.

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How To Become A Gas Analyst

Petroleum engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably in petroleum engineering. However, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering may also meet employer requirements. Employers also value work experience, so college cooperative-education programs, in which students earn academic credit and job experience, are valuable as well.

Education

Students interested in studying petroleum engineering will benefit from taking high school courses in math, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; and in science, such as biology, chemistry, and physics.

Entry-level petroleum engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degree programs include classes, laboratory work, and field studies in areas such as engineering principles, geology, and thermodynamics. Most colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs in chemical or mechanical engineering that lead to both a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree. Some employers may prefer applicants who have earned a graduate degree. A graduate degree also allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities or in research and development.

ABET accredits programs in petroleum engineering.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Petroleum engineers must be able to assess complex plans for drilling and anticipate possible flaws or complications before the company commits money and people to a project.

Creativity. Petroleum engineers must come up with new ways to extract oil and gas because each new drill site presents challenges. They must know how to ask the necessary questions to find possible deposits of oil and gas.

Interpersonal skills. Petroleum engineers must work with others on projects that require highly expensive machinery, equipment, and infrastructure. Communicating and working well with others is crucial to protecting and preserving firms’ huge capital investments.

Math skills. Petroleum engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Identifying problems in drilling plans is critical for petroleum engineers because drilling operations can be costly. They must be careful not to overlook any potential issues and quickly address problems that do occur.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a petroleum engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers offers certification. To be certified, petroleum engineers must be members of the Society, pass an exam, and meet other qualifications.

Advancement

Entry-level engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training. As engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move to more difficult projects where they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, petroleum engineers may advance to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some become engineering managers or move into other managerial positions. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Petroleum engineers also may go into sales and use their engineering background to inform the discussion of a product's technical aspects with potential buyers and help in product planning, installation, and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Gas Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

49.1%

Female

42.9%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.7%

Chinese

6.7%

Malay

6.7%

French

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Urdu

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%
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Gas Analyst Education

Schools

University of Houston

30.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.9%

Houston Community College

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of Oklahoma

4.9%

Marshall University

3.7%

Howard Payne University

3.7%

Duquesne University

3.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.7%

Sam Houston State University

3.7%

Fordham University

3.7%

Colorado School of Mines

3.7%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%

Texas Southern University

2.4%

Ohio University -

2.4%

San Juan College

2.4%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

2.4%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Accounting

18.4%

Finance

14.5%

Biology

4.8%

Chemistry

3.4%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Petroleum Engineering

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Geology

2.9%

Law

2.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.4%

Nursing

2.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.4%

Mathematics

2.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Management

1.4%

Economics

1.4%

History

1.4%

Microbiology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Masters

26.0%

Other

12.2%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
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$82,000
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$82,000
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Best Paying Company
Chevron
Highest Paying City
Spokane, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Gas Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Gas Analyst in the United States is $82,180 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Gas Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Natural Gas Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $235,000
Natural Gas Analyst Citadel LLC Greenwich, CT Nov 30, 2015 $230,000
Natural Gas Analyst Citadel LLC Greenwich, CT Nov 16, 2015 $230,000
Lead Analyst, US Power & Gas Noble Americas Gas & Power Corp. Stamford, CT Oct 30, 2015 $190,861 -
$210,000
Natural Gas Analyst Societe Generale New York, NY Dec 02, 2016 $185,000
Senior Oil and Gas Analyst Bocage Capital, LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2010 $150,000
Senior Oil and Gas Analyst Bocage Capital, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2010 $150,000
Senior Oil and Gas Analyst Bocage Capital, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2010 $150,000
Natural Gas Analyst CFIC (Us) Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $140,000
Director, Natural Gas Fundamental Analyst/Basis TR BNP Paribas Energy Trading GP New York, NY Sep 14, 2014 $140,000
Lead Analyst, US Gas & Power Noble Americas Gas & Power Corp. Stamford, CT Sep 26, 2014 $137,176 -
$210,000
Natural Gas Analyst Hess Energy Trading Company LLC New York, NY Sep 09, 2013 $135,000
North America Senior Natural Gas Analyst Cargill, Incorporated Hopkins, MN Sep 01, 2009 $135,000
Junior Gas Analyst Citadel LLC Greenwich, CT Jan 06, 2016 $125,000
Associate, Natural Gas Analyst Castleton Commodities Management Services LLC Houston, TX Sep 03, 2014 $90,000
Senior Greenhouse Gas Analyst (Agricultural Focus) Clear Carbon Consulting Inc. Arlington, VA Sep 06, 2010 $85,000
LNG & Natural Gas Consulting Analyst Poten and Partners, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2014 $80,000
Senior Gas Settlement Analyst Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX Oct 28, 2015 $78,600
Senior Gas Settlement Analyst Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX May 17, 2016 $78,600
Analyst, NGL N. American Gas Wood MacKenzie, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 01, 2012 $75,000 -
$85,000
Analyst, Upstream and Gas Group PFC Energy, LLC Washington, DC Dec 15, 2010 $72,500
Gas Analyst Bloomberg, LP Washington, DC Feb 15, 2014 $70,500
Gas Settlements Analyst Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX Dec 12, 2012 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Gas Analyst

  1. Pipeline Statements
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Storage Injections
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared unaudited financial statements to review with controller and company owners every month.
  • Tracked storage injections, withdrawals and balances for Canadian and West assets in company's trading system.
  • Maintained expertise regarding nomination and scheduling procedures by utilizing pipeline tariffs and transportation handbooks.
  • Analyze customer activity against contractual and pipeline operational limitations; communicate any information critical to customer decisions.
  • Create reports on data analysis results given to clients and assist in method validation and method transfers.

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