Geological technicians work with various types of geoscientists and geologists to assist with field and laboratory duties. He or she may be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, researching information, general assistance, and basic administrative tasks.
Geological technicians may work side by side with geologists in the field conducting experiments, drilling, mining, or designing geological construction projects. When working in a laboratory or academic setting, technicians typically help with research, experimentation design, and managing data collection.
Geological technicians are required to hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, geology, geography, chemistry, or a similar field. Some employers may require technicians to hold a Master’s degree in one of these areas. Prior experience or education in biology, computer science, mathematics, oceanography, and statistics is preferred.
Other recommended skills include: the ability to adapt to different work environments, the ability to travel, experience with computers, experience with geology specific computer programs, research skills, record keeping skills, data analysis experience, and data entry skills. This field is currently expanding due to the high demand for fossil fuels and the need to develop alternative fuel sources.
The geological technician career has a projected growth rate of over 25% for the next ten years.
The typical average pay for an experienced geological technician is about $25 to $35 per hour. This figure does vary a bit depending on the exact responsibilities of the technician and does not take into account extra pay for over time and/or hazardous work conditions.