Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians

General Information


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. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.

Industry areas

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Job Outlook

Overall employment of geological and hydrologic technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 1,400 openings for geological and hydrologic technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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  • Computers and Electronics
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Physics
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