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Geological Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Geological Technicians Career Video

About This Career

Assists scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in laboratory, exploration, and production activities to obtain data indicating resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyzes mud and drill cuttings. Charts pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.

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

A person in this career:

  • Tests and analyzes samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment.
  • Collects or prepares solid or fluid samples for analysis.
  • Compiles, logs, or records testing or operational data for review and further analysis.
  • Prepares notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
  • Participates in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs.
  • Prepares or reviews professional, technical, or other reports regarding sampling, testing, or recommendations of data analysis.
  • Reads and studies reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
  • Adjusts or repairs testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices.
  • Interviews individuals, and researches public databases in order to obtain information.
  • Plots information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases.

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

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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Geological E-Logger
  • Geoscience Technician — Assists earth scientists such as geologists, engineers and geophysicists to find and develop mineral and fuel resources, by making observations, collecting and analyzing samples, recording information, and looking after the practical tasks involved.
  • Geotechnician
  • Soils Technician
  • Core Inspector
  • Physical Science Technician
  • Materials Technician
  • Environmental Sampling Technician
  • Environmental Field Services Technician


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