Geoscience and Petroleum Careers

Grade Level: 7-12


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Source: SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development). Adapted with permission.

What adventures await you as a student of the Earth sciences? How about a career as a scientist or engineer working for the world’s largest oilfield services company? Schlumberger employees invent, design, engineer, and apply technologies to help customers find and produce oil and gas more efficiently and safely — often in remote and challenging locations.

For example, geoscientists and other petrotechnical experts such as reservoir engineers use their expertise to increase recoverable oil reserves and optimize production. With their knowledge of Earth sciences and physics, mathematics, and chemistry, they evaluate the likelihood and potential of hydrocarbon deposits all over the world.

In this activity, you will think about how various real-world careers relate to your personal interests and what you are learning about the Earth’s systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.



  1. You will be composing a “Geoscience Career Interest Profile” statement for yourself. For the first part, write a paragraph of up to 200 words about what you might want from a geoscience career. You might start by writing out your answers to questions such as:

  2. On the Internet, go to Schlumberger’s Geoscience and Petrotechnical careers page ( Read the brief overviews of the five major career categories described:

  3. For the second part of your “Geoscience Career Interest Profile” statement, write up to 200 words matching your interests to a career. Based on the information available, which of these five careers would be the best fit for you, and why?

  4. Discuss your statement with your classmates: What career did you choose? What careers did others choose? How have you matched your interests and strengths with various career descriptions? How might you approach the opportunities and challenges that these careers offer?

Additional Resources
SEED is a volunteer-based, nonprofit education program that empowers Schlumberger employee volunteers and educators to share their passion for learning and science with students. SEED’s Online Science Center ( provides educational resources and opportunities to learners and educators in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Also, see the SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit ( The site, a partnership of SEED and Earth Science Week, features more than 70 free lessons, posters, fact sheets and other materials in both Spanish and English.