Geological Data Technician: Employment Information & Requirements

Jan 16, 2020

Find out what geological data technicians do. Learn about the training and skills requirements, in addition to checking out the salary and employment outlook, to see if this is the right spot for you.

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Career Definition for a Geological Data Technician

Geological data technicians use scientific instruments and methods to test and examine geological objects found in the Earth. They often use their skills to look for natural resources like oil. Jobs in the geological data technology field can be found in areas that are rich in natural resources or in remote and unexplored regions of the country.

Required Education

Graduates need at least a 2-year associate degree to work in geological data technology and many employers require a 4-year bachelor degree in a scientific discipline. Students need to take courses in earth science, mathematics, physics and engineering technology.

Skills Required

Geological data technicians need strong math and science skills and knowledge about computer technology. Additionally, they should know how to gather, analyze and interpret geological data and should have good oral and written communication skills.

Career and Economic Outlook

The number of jobs available for geological and petroleum technicians was expected to grow 7% from 2018-2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS. BLS data indicates the median annual salary for a geological and petroleum technician was $53,300, as of May 2018.

Alternate Career Options

Cartographer and photogrammetrist, as well as civil engineering technician are alternatives to careers in geological data:

Cartographer and Photogrammetrist

Normally earning a bachelor's degree in geography, cartography, geomatics or civil engineering, cartographers and photogrammetrists interpret, collect and measure information used in the creation of charts and maps. Job prospects during the 2018-2028 decade should be very good, with 15% employment growth projected by the BLS. They earned an annual median wage of $64,430 in May 2018, according to the BLS.

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians assist licensed civil engineers as they design and plan bridges, highways and other large infrastructures. These techs usually have an associate's degree in civil engineering technology. The BLS projects 5% growth in positions by the BLS from 2018-2028, and those with current software skills may have the best job prospects. According to the BLS, civil engineering technicians earned a median salary of $52,580 per year, as of May 2018.

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