Geophysical Data Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Measures, records and evaluates geological data using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect and evaluate core samples and cuttings.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
  • Reads and studies reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
  • Interviews individuals, and researches public databases in order to obtain information.
  • Assembles, maintains, or distributes information for library or record systems.
  • Operates or adjusts equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data.
  • Plans and directs activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data.
  • Sets up or directs set-up of instruments used to collect geological data.
  • Records readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
  • Supervises oil, water, or gas well-drilling activities.
  • Collects samples or cuttings, using equipment or hand tools.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel

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