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Geophysical Data Technicians

Also called: Field Engineer, Geological Technician, Geotechnician, Observer

What they do:
Measure, record, or evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect or evaluate core samples or cuttings.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
  • Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
  • Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Techsia Techlog
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Surface III
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dynamic Graphics EarthVision


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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