Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum Geologists are scientists who focus on the extraction and estimation of oil, gas and other combustible resources buried in the Earth. Geologists are responsible for finding new reserves of oil and gas, and for getting as much oil or gas out of existing fields as possible.


About this role

Typical duties

  • Gathers and studies seismic data
  • Builds geological models of the reservoir or fields Identifies and defines the properties of a reservoir
  • Assesses the geological risk
  • Plans development and exploration wells
  • Compiles charts, reports and management presentations
  • Provides a range of geophysical support and technical advice and guidance within the business
  • Uses a range of specialist Geosciences technical software, analytical tools, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Works closely with other technical departments including Geophysics, Petrophysics, and Reservoir Engineering to find and extract oil and gas from existing fields as well as searching for potential new targets. Also works closely with the Commercial department. Mainly employed by Operators or Geoscience Consultancy firms.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree in relevant physical science subject e.g. geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or degree in Physics or Mathematics may also be considered
  • Significant years professional experience or significant work experience in an oil/gas exploration or production environment.
  • Good knowledge of geosciences data and Information Systems.
  • Very good knowledge of databases and data models.

Employers might also look for:

  • Masters or PhD in relevant subject
  • Relevant work experience through summer work or internship
  • Related fieldwork or research trips
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/ facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations