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I’m only 3 months into year 12 so not much of a rush but I need to decide between petroleum engineering or chemical engineering ang which has the better career prospects etc. Any help is appreciated thanks
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Neither, go mechanical or electrical.
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I'm applying for chemical engineering this year. Chem Eng for me is the better choice.
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I’m only 3 months into year 12 so not much of a rush but I need to decide between petroleum engineering or chemical engineering ang which has the better career prospects etc. Any help is appreciated thanks
I’d pick wisely. Looking back on most recent news reports about petroleum, Theresa May announced she is considering banning Petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. This will have massive impact on petroleum engineers of course and anyone in the oil industry.
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I’d pick wisely. Looking back on most recent news reports about petroleum, Theresa May announced she is considering banning Petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. This will have massive impact on petroleum engineers of course and anyone in the oil industry.
lol firstly you're talking 23 years from now by which time the OP will have had a good start into their career.

Secondly oil will still be there for the next 53+ years (according to BP estimates at current production rates).

My opinion on this would be to do a general discipline as your BEng i.e. Electrical/ Mechanical/ Chemical then do an MSc in Petroleum Engineering just because this would give you the best of both worlds. You have flexibility to change industry but you also have the advantage of being specialised!
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Do chemical engineering. You can easily enter the petroleum industry with a degree in chem eng. The same can't be said for entering the other industries with a degree in pet eng.
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lol firstly you're talking 23 years from now by which time the OP will probably be preparing for retirement
Prepping for retirement at 40? They will still have most of their career ahead of them in 23 years.
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lol firstly you're talking 23 years from now by which time the OP will probably be preparing for retirement/ or would have had a good chunk of their career.

Secondly oil will still be there for the next 53+ years (according to BP estimates at current production rates).

My opinion on this would be to do a general discipline as your BEng i.e. Electrical/ Mechanical/ Chemical then do an MSc in Petroleum Engineering just because this would give you the best of both worlds. You have flexibility to change industry but you also have the advantage of being specialised!
Ok let’s say 23 years from now... and the university course will probably take around 4 years. Let’s add 1 year in college. Quick maths 23-5 = 18 Skrrra. Most of these major oil companies would require like 7 years experience in the oil industry (Saudi Aramco) and still the career is at risk.

I’m not saying oil will not be the there or will no longer be needed but they are considering banning oil and gas to cut down the use, make the world greener and create alternative option for oil. I understand that oil will still be there and be as important as it is today if not more but again it is possible to get into a petroleum engineering field with a chemical engineering degree and masters.
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I’m only 3 months into year 12 so not much of a rush but I need to decide between petroleum engineering or chemical engineering ang which has the better career prospects etc. Any help is appreciated thanks
As someone who has gone through the same thought processes I’ve Gomes for chemical engineering but some of the courses allow for quite a bit of petroleum within them. Chemical allows a lot more flexibility than petroleum and opens more doors. I was certain that I wanted to go into petroleum engineering but just from taster days etc I am no longer certain but I know my choices will leave that option open to me whilst allowing me to explore other fields. So overal is recommend chem eng as a degree
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Ok let’s say 23 years from now... and the university course will probably take around 4 years. Let’s add 1 year in college. Quick maths 23-5 = 18 Skrrra. Most of these major oil companies would require like 7 years experience in the oil industry (Saudi Aramco) and still the career is at risk.

I’m not saying oil will not be the there or will no longer be needed but they are considering banning oil and gas to cut down the use, make the world greener and create alternative option for oil. I understand that oil will still be there and be as important as it is today if not more but again it is possible to get into a petroleum engineering field with a chemical engineering degree and masters.
But you're forgetting lots of oil companies/service companies for the oil and gas sector recruit lots of entry level field engineers etc. So still plenty of chance if you ask me.

Anyway I understand what you're saying and its why I recommended doing a general engineering degree then a more specialised masters in petroleum or just a straight undergraduate masters degree.

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Prepping for retirement at 40? They will still have most of their career ahead of them in 23 years.
Oops, I forgot to edit that bit out....realised I had made a mistake after I typed it. Thanks.
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