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Career path for petrophysicists? 
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Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:47 pm
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Post Career path for petrophysicists?
what career path can expect a petrophysicist?
Is it possible to move from a petrophysicist job to a reservoir engineer/or geologist job?

Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:59 pm

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Post Re: Career path for petrophysicists?

I believe you can grow into any geological discipline as long as you have basic feel for geology and affinity with the oil and gas industry. It might be faster to do a specific MSc, but on the job training or specialised training courses will get you there as well.

I feel there is a lot of need for good petrophysicists and it is often an overlooked discipline. To become a good petrophysicist you often need experience though and theoretical training will get you only so far. The most important thing is that you enjoy your work and in any good (and large) company you will be able to drive your own career path...

Are you already a petrophysicist or looking into the options?

Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:48 pm

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Post Re: Career path for petrophysicists?

I am a petroleum engineer (from degree) and got an offer for a petrophysicist job. I seen comments posted on this forum telling that petrophysicist job could become a pigeon hole. Is it true? Can petrophysicists move toward reservoir engineering after 5-10 years of petro?

Thanks for your answers,


Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:48 pm

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Post Re: Career path for petrophysicists?

In my experience petrophysicists do often fall within a highly specialized and introvert work group. This is mainly due to the large amount of formula's and graphs (check out slbs petrophysical chartbook or http://www.spec2000.net/ to have a look in what your getting yourself into. As put forward by DKarlstadt a job should be enjoyable in the first place and have career potential in the second (at least in my book). From your reply I judge your worried about where you can arrive in five years, but are you even sure you'll enjoy the first role.

Of course, the prize could be worth the risk of getting in depth with petrophysics and it may be the best option you have (market is quite small at the moment) and therefor a good choice. In that case I think you should realize that petrophysics is often about fluids and what they do with your rock and knowledge of that stuff gives you huge advantage when modeling and engineering a reservoir. I feel it would be a very logical and smart step to go from petrophysics into reservoir engineering, but will you enjoy the first years?

just my oppinion, hope it helped.



Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:09 pm
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