About This Career
Petroleum Geochemists study the origins of petroleum, how it migrates and where it pools or accumulates. They analyze oil, natural gas, sediment, source rock and water to support decisions on exploration activities, drilling and production, as well as on waste disposal, land reclamation and other environmental matters.
They may also conduct research on organic geochemistry (the study of the impacts and processes that organisms have had on the earth) and petroleum geology (the study of origin, occurrence, movement, accumulation and exploration of hydrocarbon fuels), which can involve presenting their findings in technical research reports, journals and presentations.
Education: A post-secondary degree in earth sciences with an emphasis on geochemistry is typically required. A graduate or post-graduate degree may be required for more advanced roles.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands, exploration and production and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Exploration Geochemist, Research Scientist, Organic Geochemist, Consulting Petroleum Geochemist
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Mild Physical Activity
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary degree
- Provincial and territorial regulatory bodies issue licences to all professional geoscientists.