Geological Technicians

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Geological Technician, Geotechnician, Materials Technician, Physical Science Technician

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What they do:
Assist 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. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.
On the job, you would:
  • Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment.
  • Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis.
  • Compile, log, or record testing or operational data for review and further analysis.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Geographic information system

  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • Geographic information system GIS software

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • IHS Petra
  • Techsia Techlog


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