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19-4041.02 - Geological Sample Test Technicians

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Core Inspector, Electron Microprobe Operator, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician, Geological Sample Tester, Laboratory Technician, Materials Technician, Mud Logger, Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)

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Tasks

  • Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble, operate, and maintain field and laboratory testing, measuring, and mechanical equipment, working as part of a crew when required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile and record testing and operational data for review and further analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust or repair testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise well exploration, drilling activities, or well completions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect engines for wear or defective parts, using equipment or measuring devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross sections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plot information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess the environmental impacts of development projects on subsurface materials. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collaborate with hydrogeologists to evaluate groundwater or well circulation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare, transcribe, or analyze seismic, gravimetric, well log, or other geophysical or survey data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible mining locations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible geothermal energy plant locations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test and analyze samples from potential underground carbon sequestration sites. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bi distillation units — Water distillation units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters — Conductivity indicators; Terrain conductivity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Darkfield microscopes — Phase contrast microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved oxygen meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Electronic distance meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Digital micropipettes; Glass dropping pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Laboratory drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances — Top-loading electronic balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extracting equipment for laboratories — Microwave digestion systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fluorescent microscopes — Fluorescence microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass crucibles — Glass laboratory crucibles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gravimeters — Gravitational field indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrometers — Digital hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Inductively coupled plasma ICP optical emission spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jaw crushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory bailers — Water sampling bailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Electronic laboratory balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory beakers — Glass beakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory burets — General purpose burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Chipmunk crushers; Laboratory pulverizers; Rotary pulverizers; Shatterboxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory flasks — Erlenmeyer flasks; Volumetric flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory funnels — Glass funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Glass graduated cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory sifting equipment — Sieve shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stirrers — Heated magnetic stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments — Cryogenic magnetometers; Proton magnetometers; Spinner magnetometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Carbon hydrogen nitrogen CHN analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Organic carbon analyzers — Dissolved organic carbon analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peristaltic pumps — Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — Digital pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarizing microscopes — Binocular polarizing microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Portable dataloggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure sensors — Piezometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radarbased surveillance systems — Ground penetrating radar GPR systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Automatic burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rock cutters — Rock saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Salinity meter — Dissolved salt meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seismic recorders or seismographs — Digital seismographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Digital chlorine testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Sample microsplitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Fluorescence spectrophotometers; Optical particle detectors; Ultraviolet-Visible UV/VIS spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sulfur dioxide analyzers or detectors — Total sulfur analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Test sieves — Laboratory sieves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbidimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray diffraction equipment — Single crystal x ray diffractometers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Landmark Graphics GeoGraphix software; Parallel Geoscience SPW software; Seismic Micro-Technology KINGDOM See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Midland Valley 2DMove See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — Golden Software Surfer; Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE; Martin D Adamiker's TruFlite; Surface III * (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record research or operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze geological or geographical data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze geological samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare maps. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct natural resources extraction projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research geological features or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Locate natural resources using geospatial or other environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 55% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 64% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 48% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 44% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 48% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 41% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 51% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 67% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 32% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 45% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 44% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 46% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
45   Some college, no degree
25   Bachelor's degree
14   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Geological and Petroleum Technicians.
Employment data collected from Geological and Petroleum Technicians.
Industry data collected from Geological and Petroleum Technicians.

Median wages (2014) $26.35 hourly, $54,810 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 16,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 8,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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