Skilled Trades & Vocational
Oil and Gas Technician

If you want to spend your career helping to produce the energy that fuels the rest of the world, desire a career with plenty of room for growth, and want to get started earning your keep as soon as possible, an Oil and Gas Technician degree or certification program may be the right fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Oil and Gas Technician students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or certification program before becoming a professional technician. Some jobs may require a bachelor’s degree in a geology or engineering-related program. Most Oil and Gas Technicians receive on-the-job instruction.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Oil and Gas Technician Degree Or Certification

Given the narrow, concentrated scope of technical education programs, graduates of an Oil and Gas Technician degree or certification program typically go on to become Oil and Gas Technicians.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Geological and Petroleum Technicians was $51,130 in 2019 (1) while Geological and Hydrologic Technicians earned a mean salary of $60,800 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.