Occupation Title: Geological & Petroleum Technicians
Description: Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electrical, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes. Investigate and collect information leading to the possible discovery of new metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4041
Sample Job Titles: Geological Technician, Geotechnician, Field Engineer, Observer, Technical Assistant, Exploration Manager, Geoscience Technician, Geoscientist, Soils Technician, Geological E-Logger, Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Materials Technician, Core Inspector, Electron Microprobe Operator, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician, Geological Sample Tester, Mud Logger
Estimated Total Employment*
Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 7,000
*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).