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Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Geological and Petroleum Technicians
Quick Facts : Geological and Petroleum Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$54,020
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201214,400
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change2,100

Geological and petroleum technicians help identify locations that are suitable for oil and gas wells. They provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas. They use sophisticated equipment such as seismic instruments and gravity-measuring devices to gather geological data.

What Geological and Petroleum Technicians Do

  • Compile information from reports, computer databases, and other sources for use in looking for natural resources (geological prospecting)
  • Conduct scientific tests on samples to determine their content and characteristics
  • Prepare notes, sketches, and maps to display geological characteristics of the land
  • Monitor well exploration and drilling activities
  • Prepare reports and presentations that document their investigation and findings

Work Environment

Geological and petroleum technicians work in offices, laboratories, and the field. Most geological and petroleum technicians work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of geological and petroleum technicians is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to expected increase in demand for geological exploration and extraction in the future.
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In May 2010, the average salary of geological and petroleum technicians was $54,020.
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Becoming a Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Postsecondary training is needed for most geological and petroleum technician jobs, although some entry-level positions require a high school diploma. Most employers prefer applicants who have at least an associate's degree or 2 years of postsecondary training in applied science or a science-related technology.
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