Analyze rock and mud to detect the presence of oil.
Most of us pull up to the gas pump without a second thought about the quality of the fuel, how it got to the station, or how it was produced. It’s fortunate for the rest of us that Gas Analysts spend their days tracking petroleum sales, quality, and systems. They use that information to forecast supply and costs so that gas is available when we need it.
Like other Analysts, Gas Analysts scour through reams of data. In this job, you gather information about what the gas industry is up to. Records of production and sales give you enormous information about how much supply is available on the open market. In addition, you find out the volume of sales and variation in prices.
Forecasting the cost of next summer’s family driving vacation is only a portion of your position as a Gas Analyst. You also evaluate the quality of the gas on the market. That means collecting data from gas, oil, mineral, and rock tests. You might also help Petroleum Engineers decide whether it’s a good fiscal decision to expand or extend a fuel-producing project.
Of course, the oil and gas industry is heavily regulated, so you keep up to date on industry laws. In fact, you help the government stay informed by completing reports that outline your findings. This job requires an eye for detail, the ability to work with a variety of personalities, and strong written and oral communication skills.