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Geological Sample Test Technicians

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Test or analyze geological samples, crude oil, or minerals to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration or production or to determine physical or chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.

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Currently Employed: 60

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $21.20 - $34.04

Typical Annual Salary: $44,100 - $70,800

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment.
  • Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis.
  • Compile, log, or record testing or operational data for review and further analysis.
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross sections.
  • Assemble, operate, or maintain field or laboratory testing, measuring, or mechanical equipment.
  • Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs.
  • Prepare or review professional, technical, or other reports regarding sampling, testing, or recommendations of data analysis.
  • Adjust or repair testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices.
  • Plot information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible mining locations.

tools & technology

  • Conductivity meters
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments
  • Spectrophotometers

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Map creation software
  • Word processing software