Geophysical Data Technicians
SOC: 19-4041.01

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
16,500 employed

Projected (2024):
18,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Echometer Engineer
  • Electric Well Logging Operator
  • Electrical Logger
  • Electrical Logging Operator
  • Electrical Prospecting Observer
  • Electrical Prospecting Operator
  • Electrical Prospecting Supervisor
  • Electrolog Operator
  • Exploration Manager
  • Field Engineer
  • Field Observer
  • Field Scout
  • Geological Aide
  • Geological E-Logger
  • Geological Technician
  • Geologist
  • Geology Technician
  • Geophysical Computer
  • Geophysical E-Logger
  • Geophysical Observer
  • Geophysical Prospector
  • Geophysical Support Specialist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscience Specialist
  • Geoscience Technician
  • Geoscientist
  • Geotechnician
  • Gravity Meter Operator
  • Gravity Prospecting Observer
  • Gravity Prospecting Operator
  • Gravity Prospecting Supervisor
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrographer
  • Line Locator
  • Locator
  • Locator Specialist
  • Magnetic Locater
  • Magnetic Observer
  • Magnetic Prospecting Operator
  • Magnetic Prospecting Supervisor
  • Magnetometer Operator
  • Observer
  • Oil Prospecting Observer
  • Oil Scout
  • Oil Well Directional Surveyor
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Scout
  • Scout Leaser
  • Section Plotter Operator
  • Seismic Computer
  • Seismic Interpreter
  • Seismic Observer
  • Seismic Plotter
  • Seismic Prospecting Observer
  • Seismic Prospecting Supervisor
  • Seismograph Chief
  • Seismograph Computer
  • Seismograph Observer
  • Seismograph Operator
  • Seismograph Recorder
  • Seismograph Supervisor
  • Seismographer
  • Seismometer Operator
  • Sensitometrist
  • Soils Technician
  • Sounding Device Operator
  • Surface Logging Systems Logger (SLS Logger)
  • Technical Assistant
  • Technical Operator
  • Underground Utility Locator
  • Utility Locator


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
  • Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
  • Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information.
  • Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems.
  • Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data.
  • Plan and direct activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data.
  • Set up or direct set-up of instruments used to collect geological data.
  • Record readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
  • Supervise oil, water, or gas well-drilling activities.
  • Collect samples or cuttings, using equipment or hand tools.
  • Create photographic recordings of information, using equipment.
  • Measure geological characteristics used in prospecting for oil or gas, using measuring instruments.
  • Evaluate and interpret core samples and cuttings, and other geological data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
  • Diagnose or repair malfunctioning instruments or equipment, using manufacturers' manuals and hand tools.
  • Prepare and attach packing instructions to shipping containers.
  • Develop and design packing materials and handling procedures for shipping of objects.
  • Apply new technologies, such as improved seismic imaging techniques, to locate untapped oil or natural gas deposits.
  • Collect data on underground areas, such as reservoirs, that could be used in carbon sequestration operations.
  • Collect geological data from potential geothermal energy plant sites.
  • Compile data used to address environmental issues, such as the suitability of potential landfill sites.
  • Conduct geophysical surveys of potential sites for wind farms or solar installations to determine their suitability.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • Abney levels
  • Calorimeters
  • Carbon hydrogen nitrogen CHN analyzers
  • Clinometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital hydrometers
  • Digital seismographs
  • Directional compasses
  • Earth drills
  • Electronic digital levels
  • Electronic digital theodolites
  • Electronic distance meters
  • Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Geological hammers
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Gravitational field indicators
  • Ground penetrating radar GPR systems
  • Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps
  • Hand augers
  • Hand lenses
  • Hand levels
  • Hydraulic vibracorers
  • Jaw crushers
  • Laboratory drying ovens
  • Laboratory pulverizers
  • Laboratory sieves
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser rangefinders
  • Magnetometers
  • Personal computers
  • Planimeters
  • Pocket transits
  • Portable dataloggers
  • Power rock coring drills
  • Proton magnetometers
  • Rock picks
  • Rock saws
  • Sample microsplitters
  • Scientific calculators
  • Sieve shakers
  • Soil augers
  • Soil core samplers
  • Stadia rods
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Survey altimeters
  • Terrain conductivity meters
  • Total stations
  • Total sulfur analyzers
  • Water sampling bailers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Clark Labs IDRISI Andes
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Database software
  • Dynamic Graphics EarthVision
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS* software
  • Golden Software Surfer
  • Halliburton ProMAX
  • IHS PETRA
  • Juniper Systems LandMark Mobile
  • Landmark Graphics GeoGraphix software
  • Landmark SeisWorks
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Midland Valley 2DMove
  • Parallel Geoscience SPW software
  • Petroleum Software Technologies software
  • petroWEB software
  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • Schlumberger GeoFrame software
  • Seismic Micro-Technology KINGDOM
  • Surface III
  • Techsia Techlog


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220