Also known as Blast Hole Driller, Diamond Driller, Drill Operator, Driller, Hard Rock Drill Operator, Highwall Drill Operator, Rock Drill Operator, Underground Drill Operator, Water Well Driller, Well Driller
Also known as Blast Hole Driller, Diamond Driller, Drill Operator
Earth Drill Operators operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap subsurface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction.
In addition, Earth Drill Operators includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Earth Drill Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Earth Drill Operators. More generally, Earth Drill Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Earth Drill Operator is $48,510, and the average salary is $51,040. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Earth Drill Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Earth Drill Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Earth Drill Operators earn less than $33,440 per year, 25% earn less than $39,690, 75% earn less than $60,190, and 90% earn less than $73,650.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Earth Drill Operators is expected to change by 8.2%, and there should be roughly 3,000 open positions for Earth Drill Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Earth Drill Operator are usually higher in their Realistic, Investigative, and Conventional interests.
Earth Drill Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Earth Drill Operators typically have strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Lastly, Earth Drill Operators typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Earth Drill Operator tend to value Support, Independence, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Earth Drill Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Earth Drill Operators moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Earth Drill Operators moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Earth Drill Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and adaptability/flexibility.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Earth Drill Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as an Earth Drill Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Earth Drill Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Earth Drill Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, administration and management, or transportation knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Earth Drill Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Earth Drill Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Earth Drill Operators need abilities such as control precision, arm-hand steadiness, and multilimb coordination in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Earth Drill Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Earth Drill Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Earth Drill Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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