Geoscientist Reservoir Manager

Kay Pitts

Tell us about your work---what do you do? My job is to evaluate the potential for existing oil , create models of the sub surface , and work with engineers performing reservoir characterizations What skills are needed? You need good communication skills, the ability to work with a team, computer familiarity, geographic mapping , and both hand and computer mapping. What was your major? Geology How did you get started in your career? I got hired when I graduated because of the work I did on my master's thesis. What experience do you need in this job? Communication and computer skills, familiarity with mapping programs and working with other people are all essential to my job. Describe your "typical" workday: I come to work, turn the computer on and begin correlating information and data. I often work with engineers to find out what they need in the field. There is a lot of communication with engineers and other petroleum professionals. What is the hardest aspect of your job? Definitely the limited budget we have. Also, prioritizing opportunities, dealing with the fires, facility problems, and high gas prices. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? When you predict a well and drill it and everything works out just like you said it would. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? Get a good background in geology, learn to write and speak well. Once you know the fundamentals, companies will train you in their particular field.