Geological Technicians

Geological Technicians Test Soil

Geological technicians assist geologists in their studies of the earth's physical makeup and history. This includes the exploration of a wide variety of phenomena, such as mountain uplifting, rock formations, mineral deposition, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Modern geology is particularly concerned with the exploration for mineral and petroleum deposits in the earth and with minimizing the effects of human-made structures on the environment.

Petroleum technicians are specialized geological technicians who measure and record the conditions of oil and gas wells. They use instruments lowered into the wells, and evaluate mud from the wells. They examine data to determine petroleum and mineral content.

There are approximately 16,820 geological and petroleum technicians employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Petroleum Geologists, Petroleum Technicians
Duties Assist geologists in their studies of the earth's physical makeup and history
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but 44 percent of all technicians work in Texas.
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Geologist, or Soil Scientist, or Paleontologist
  • Geological Technician
  • Trainee