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what kind of money can one be looking at with a M.S. in petroleum engineering? or B.S. in chemical engineering?

I am going to be applying for a petroleum engineering MS program next year

A friend of mine graduated with his bachelors in Petroleum Engineering last year from Texas A&M. Exxon Mobil brought him on doing safety related things on rigs, started him at 80k. His social life sucks though, work owns him.
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If he's actually out on the rigs, he's making far less than the grunt workers.
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Been in my job with HP for close to a year and they started me at 61k as a hardware/software engineer college hire. 5k signing bonus, benefits and the works. I count myself lucky for getting the higher end of the spectrum.

My suggestion for you, would be not to confine your search to your hometown area. Apply to jobs in other states which may have a better job outlook. Originally from Rhode Island, there was nothing going on there in the way of jobs. I decided to branch out, got this job in Houston and life has been great. New place, new people..and making far more than the average for this city.

Good luck! PM me if you've got some questions.
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If he's actually out on the rigs, he's making far less than the grunt workers.

He's not out on rigs hardly ever actually. Most of his time is spent in a cubicle. He surveys mostly pipelines in remote areas and makes sure the contract workers are wearing proper safety equipment . Crap like that.
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Houston is horrible though. I'm moving back to DFW once I'm done. The only company I'd work for in Houston isn't hiring anyone except European graduates.
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i still don't understand why people care so much about starting salary out of college. to you people, i ask: do you have a house you need to buy ASAP for your family? do you have a mountain of debt? do you have an expensive cocaine habit?

seriously, there's a lot more to entry level jobs than money. think network opportunities, ability to move around the company (who knows if you're going to like your original position), relocating for the thrill/experience, etc.

considering my location, i probably make average to slightly below average salary for someone who's been out of college for 2 years, but i cant complain one bit. i have great benefits, work average hours, have plenty of exposure with higher management (despire the fact that it's a 1500+ person company), work with VERY well-known clients, have job security in a unforgiving market, can shift around to different departments after one year, etc

fuck, if all you're looking at is pure income, you should have studied like a fucking horse to get into a top 10 econ program and whored yourself out to i-banking. plenty of them make 100k or higher straight out of college if they are in NYC and work 70+ hours a week
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fuck, if all you're looking at is pure income, you should have studied like a fucking horse to get into a top 10 econ program and whored yourself out to i-banking. plenty of them make 100k or higher straight out of college if they are in NYC and work 70+ hours a week

Probably all those people are on the street begging to work as bank tellers right now. Can't imagine there are a lot of openings for new i-bankers right now.
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Can't imagine there are a lot of openings for new i-bankers right now.

You'd be suprised.

Maybe a year ago no one was hiring ibankers but I see plenty of job openings.

Getting one of those openings is pretty impossible though.
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Or you can do what my friends did, which is get useless degrees in sociology and political science, then stack fruit at a grocery store or wait tables at outback steakhouse. Have fun paying off student loans only making $12/hr. That's what happens when you don't plan or take action, or when you buy into what high school tells you about a degree in *anything* being a golden ticket to $80,000/yr
And I know far too many slaving away as managers at Hollister or waiting tables with a psych or history degree. However, Vendetta has a point - the opportunities are there for liberal arts majors, just needs more work. I do know someone who just got her Master's in sociology and she's now working in her field.

Even a fucking BUS DRIVER makes more than some frat boy dumb fuck at Hollister. And BOTH jobs are as menial as they get - one involves babysitting teenagers addicted to Ritalin and MTV, the other can be hazardous to your health.

I plan on getting an internship over the summer, but what is the best way to do this?
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