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Thank you for your quick response but You might have missed, the section regarding the scope and salary ranges.

I have recently done my A-Levels and  I have 2 options left namely: Chemical engineering or geology ( both from karachi university). However my objective is to go towards the petroleum site by doing a  masters in petroleum in either one of them. I have an interest in jobs which require more field work, basically the petroleum extraction part. So can you please guide me that which field will be best for me and more reliable for going towards the petroleum site. So please tell me about the SCOPE of these fields in Pakistan or abroad( U.A.E) and their salary ranges. Thanking you once again.


I think I touched upon the comparative scope of the two subjects earlier. Chemical Engineering have wider applications but in our culture people do not care about the preventive measures in general. But in the Industry it is important. Future belongs to maximizing production from the existing oil discoveries than to find new oil. In that scenario Chemical Engineering has an edge over Geology, both in Pakistan and abroad.

Can not comment about the salary. It has been changing rapidly due to the inflation and economic crisis the world over.  


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I am a petroleum exploration geologist with about 40+ years of diversified experience. I can answer questions on stratigraphy, log interpretation, field studies based on set of logs and core results, general geology etc. Can provide guidance for career planning in earth sciences. Can not help in questions about hard rocks, igneous petrology & mineralogy, sequence stratigraphy and seismic.


Petroleum Exploration - field geology, stratigraphy, prospect generation, interpretation of satellite imagery (visual), log interpretation.

Retired in May, 2006 as Senior Manager Exploration from Pakistan Petroleum Limited after serving 26 years. Since then continuing in active service with petroleum exploration companies.A cumulative experience of about 40 years covers 30 years in petroleum exploration, 5 years hydrogeology experience in Libya, and about 5 years of dam geology in Pakistan.

-AAPG Bulletin (Vol.88, July, 2004); paper on Sui Main Limestone (Eocene), a prolific gas reservoir in Pakistan. -Have presented papers on diversified topics ranging from spirituality, flood control, remote sensing and off course geology in France, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE, Kashmir, India and Pakistan that have been published in respective Special Proceedings. -ONGC Bulletin(India) Vol. 44, Number 2, December, 2009; Chapter 19.A & 19.B on basin architecture and stratigraphy of Pakistan, p.402-474.

BSc Honours in Geology and Master of Science in Petroleum and Structural Geology. PGD from ITC, The Netherlands.

Awards and Honors
-Remained Active Member of AAPG from 1990-2006; founding member of PAPG (a local affiliate of AAPG). -Life member of SEGMITE & AGID, and Senior Editor of SEGMITE magazine. -Member of the Board of Studies, i. Department of Petroleum & Gas Engineering (BUITMS, Quetta), and ii. Geology Department, Sindh University, Jamshoro. -Member of Stratigraphic Committee of Pakistan. -Represented Mining Journal, UK in Pakistan till 2007. -Chairman of Annual Technical Conference (ATC)& Oil Show, an SPE/PAPG annual event, in 2003. -Chairman Technical Committee (ATC, 2002).

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