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Reservoir Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Geothermal

The geothermal reservoir is the entire system of fractured and permeable rocks and the hot water or steam trapped in that volume of rock. Geothermal reservoir engineering is the application of the basic principles of physics and chemistry to the engineering problems associated with the production of hot water or steam from permeable rocks within the Earth. The application of reservoir engineering begins during the exploration phase of the project with the analysis of the initial geophysical measurement data that indicate a promising geothermal system, and it continues throughout the operational life of the geothermal resource. t is the reservoir engineer's task to test wells, monitor their output, design new wells, and predict the long-term performance of the reservoir and wells.

Work Settings

Reservoir Engineers divide their time between fieldwork, the office and laboratory work.


A bachelor's degree in geosciences or engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. Most engineering programs involve a concentration of study in an engineering specialty, along with courses in both mathematics and the physical and life sciences.

Job Outlook

The job market for geoscientists is highly competitive. Job growth is expected within management, scientific, and technical consulting services. Demand will be spurred by a continuing emphasis on the need for energy, environmental protection, responsible land management, and water-related issues.


Experienced Reservoir Engineers can earn between $70,000 and $80,000 per year.

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