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Dynamics of Engineering Labor Markets: Petroleum Engineering and Responsive Supply

This Heldrich Center study examines the recent increase in demand for petroleum engineers and the response by students leading to a dramatic increase in numbers of graduates. Specifically, it examines the following issues: program dynamics of colleges in expanding size and number of programs; both demand (by industry) and supply (by colleges) of engineers for the petroleum industry; and the recent surge in industry demand, the mix of engineering fields employed, changes in content, and the response in supply (colleges, retraining, influx from other fields, immigration, etc.). A recent paper from this study entitled, Dynamics of Engineering Labor Markets: Petroleum Engineering and Responsive Supply, was authored by Dr. Leonard Lynn, Dr. Hal Salzman, and Daniel Kuehn. (Funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

Topic: 
Education & Training
Research Team: 
Hal Salzman, Ph.D.
Funded By: 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
Labor Market
engineering