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The Highest Paying Engineering Major Is...

Can you guess what it is based on this photo??

Mody, Rustom K. “Petroleum Engineering-The Best Profession.” JPT, 10 Jan. 2021,

If you guessed petroleum engineering, you are absolutely correct! In case you already know what they do, and if it interests you, you are in luck because the average median salary for a petroleum engineer in 2021 was $130,850! Even more shocking, the top 25% made $167,750. You may be thinking that this sounds too good to be true.

Petroleum engineering is a highly specialized field, so it's important to know what you are getting into.







-Work Demands

-Stress is often significant

-Usually best in states that are not the most desirable (think Wyoming, Alaska, Texas, Louisiana)

This job is certainly not for everyone, especially for those who value location for their future job. It still varies, but many petroleum engineers work in the middle of nowhere, so it just depends on your personal preferences!

Here are some quick facts to conclude this post!

“Petroleum Engineers : Occupational Outlook Handbook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 Sept. 2022,


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