Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Worldwide Membership Grows to Record 92,100

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RICHARDSON, Texas 3 (February 2010) – Total 2009 membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers reached a record 92,100 members in 117 countries, a 4 percent increase over 2008. The number of young professional members age 35 and under also increased.

SPE membership includes engineers, scientists, technicians, managers, operators, educators and other professionals who work in the global upstream oil and gas industry, as well as student members. SPE membership has grown 33 percent since 2005.

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In 2009, the greatest percentage of growth occurred in Canada, up 20 percent due to a merger with the Petroleum Society of Canada; the Russian and Caspian Region, up 19 percent; and the Northern Asia Pacific region, including China, up 11 percent.

The number of young people entering the upstream industry continues to increase, helping to offset the aging of the profession. In 2005, just 18 percent of SPE’s members were age 35 and younger, compared with 25 percent of SPE members in 2009. For 2009, the average age of SPE members was 46, the same as in 2008.

“We are pleased that SPE increased its worldwide membership in a down economy,” said Behrooz Fattahi, 2010 SPE president. “SPE allows our members to share knowledge and technical solutions that help improve performance in the oil and gas industry. We are also pleased to report that the number of young members and student members continued to increase this year.”

Student members are enrolled in petroleum engineering programs and related fields at universities around the world.


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