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Oil and Gas
Petroleum and natural gas often are found in the same fields, and they often are extracted using similar methods and by the same companies. When it comes to oil, after geologists and geophysicists turn in their reports and recommendations, a petroleum company decides whether to drill. Petroleum engineers explore the area, recommend the type of derrick and drilling equipment to be used, and supervise the work of drilling. If the well strikes oil, a petroleum engineer oversees its production.