Geological Technicians

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 man-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 15,360 geological and petroleum technicians employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Assist geologists in their studies of the earth's physical makeup and history
Alternate Title(s) Petroleum Technicians, Petroleum Geologists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but 41 percent of all technicians work in Texas
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Participating in an internship or co-op during college will provide useful experience
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Geologist, or Soil Scientist, or Paleontologist
  • Geological Technician
  • Trainee