Also known as Core Inspector, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician, Geological E-Logger, Geological Technician, Geoscience Technician, Geotechnician, Materials Technician, Physical Science Technician, Soils Technician
Also known as Core Inspector, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician
Geological Technicians assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in laboratory, exploration, and production activities to obtain data indicating resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum.
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Geological Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Geological Technicians. More generally, Geological Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Geological Technician is $50,630, and the average salary is $61,130. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Geological Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Geological Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Geological Technicians earn less than $28,210 per year, 25% earn less than $35,450, 75% earn less than $76,650, and 90% earn less than $109,300.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Geological Technicians is expected to change by 8.9%, and there should be roughly 2,300 open positions for Geological Technicians 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 a Geological Technician are usually higher in their Realistic, Investigative, and Conventional interests.
Geological Technicians 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, Geological Technicians 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, Geological Technicians typically have strong 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 a Geological Technician tend to value Support, Independence, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Geological Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Geological Technicians moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Geological Technicians moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
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 Geological Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, integrity, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Geological Technicians, ranked by importance:
Many Geological Technicians will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Geological Technicians usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Geological Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as computers and electronics, engineering and technology, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Geological Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Geological Technicians 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, Geological Technicians need abilities such as written comprehension, oral comprehension, and information ordering in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Geological Technicians, 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.
Geological Technicians frequently use skills like critical thinking, reading comprehension, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Geological Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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