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In recent years, employment opportunities have been strong for geological technicians due to increasing demand for natural gas and the growing use of fracking technology (which created a large number of new jobs in the United States). Although the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for geological technicians will grow faster than the average for all careers through 2024, job opportunities have decreased in the U.S. oil and gas exploration industries in recent years as a result of a glut of oil and natural gas resources worldwide and low energy prices (which limit new exploration ventures—especially in remote locations). The oil and gas industries typically go through a series of cyclical highs and lows, and when the supply of oil and natural gas diminishes, the price for these fossil fuels will rebound, and more exploration and extraction will occur—which will create new jobs. 

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