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Occupation Title: Geophysical Data Technicians

Description: Measure, record, and evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect and evaluate core samples and cuttings.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4041.01

Sample Job Titles: Geological Technician, Geotechnician, Field Engineer, Observer, Technical Assistant, Exploration Manager, Geoscience Technician, Geoscientist, Soils Technician, Geological E-Logger

 Salary Chart Geophysical Data Technicians

Estimated Total Employment*
2008: 14,570
2009: 14,460
2010: 13,560
2011: 14,680
2012: 15,360

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 7,000
Projected Growth (2010-2020): 10-19%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

Suggested citation: Association of American Geographers, Jobs & Careers Website, Salary Data and Trends, http://www.aag.org/cs/salary_data_and_trends/salary_data_and_trends_overview (accessed mm//dd/yyyy).