Many careers in the fuel and petrochemical industries only require a high school diploma; however, pursuing a certificate, 2-year, 4-year, or advanced degree can make you a more competitive candidate and is required by certain professions. Educational opportunities are available throughout the U.S., not just in energy-producing states. In addition, there are numerous scholarships available to help you pursue your degree.

Certificates can be earned in everything from human resources to welding. In many cases, these short-term programs combine classroom studies with on-the-job training and you can earn an income during training. Learn more about high-demand certificate programs here.

Two-year degree programs, also known as associate degrees or community college, may be required for specific careers and will simply better prepare you for others. For instance, a degree in process technology trains you for an exciting career as a maintenance contractor, technician, or ironworker. In addition, for those interested in business career there are numerous programs in accounting and finance.

Four-year and advanced degree programs, also known as a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. program, prepare you for more technical careers. From studying engineering and science, to human resources and business, an advanced degree will prepare you to be a commodities trader, business developer, engineer or chemist.

Here is just a sampling of two-year and four-year programs: