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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, Laboratory Technician, Materials Technician, Organic Section Technical Lead, Physical Science Technician, Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Research Associate

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
89   Core
Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment.
87   Core
Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis.
80   Core
Compile, log, or record testing or operational data for review and further analysis.
74   Core
Assemble, operate, or maintain field or laboratory testing, measuring, or mechanical equipment.
72   Core
Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs.
69   Core
Prepare or review professional, technical, or other reports regarding sampling, testing, or recommendations of data analysis.
68   Core
Adjust or repair testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices.
63   Core
Plot information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases.
75   Supplemental
Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross sections.
58   Supplemental
Participate in the evaluation of possible mining locations.
55   Supplemental
Assess the environmental impacts of development projects on subsurface materials.  Green Task Statement
47   Supplemental
Supervise well exploration, drilling activities, or well completions.
45   Supplemental
Prepare, transcribe, or analyze seismic, gravimetric, well log, or other geophysical or survey data.
44   Supplemental
Participate in the evaluation of possible geothermal energy plant locations.  Green Task Statement
39   Supplemental
Inspect engines for wear or defective parts, using equipment or measuring devices.
36   Supplemental
Test and analyze samples from potential underground carbon sequestration sites.  Green Task Statement
35   Supplemental
Collaborate with hydrogeologists to evaluate groundwater or well circulation.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
70 
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.
61 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
51 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
50 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
50 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
48 
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.
44 
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.
43 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
42 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
30 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
29 
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.
29 
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.
29 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
29 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
26 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
25 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
23 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
22 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
20 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
19 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
19 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
18 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
12 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
12 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
8 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
8 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
8 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
6 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
6 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
5 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
3 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
1 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
0 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
69 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
66 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
63 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
56 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
53 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53 
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.
53 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
53 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
50 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
47 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
47 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
47 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
47 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
47 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
44 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
44 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
44 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
41 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
38 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
35 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
35 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
25 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
22 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
22 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
0 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
72 
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).
69 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69 
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.
66 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63 
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.
60 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
53 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
53 
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.
53 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
50 
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.
50 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
50 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50 
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.
50 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
50 
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.
50 
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.
50 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47 
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.
47 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
41 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
35 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
35 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
35 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
35 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
31 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
28 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
28 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
28 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
28 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
28 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
25 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
25 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
25 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
13 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
3 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
88 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
81 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
80 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
76 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
74 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
74 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
69 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
69 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
67 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
67 
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.
62 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
61 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
61 
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.
61 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
56 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
56 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
56 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
56 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
55 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
55 
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.
54 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
51 
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.
51 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
50 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
49 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
46 
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.
45 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
42 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
41 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
39 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
38 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
38 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
37 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
36 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
35 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
29 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
23 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
19 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
14 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
12 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
11 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


76     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


74     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


67     Extremely important
24     Very important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


40     Every day
50     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


29     Every day
62     Once a week or more but not every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


19     Every day
67     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


43     A lot of freedom
24     Some freedom
19     Limited freedom
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


29     Extremely important
43     Very important
19     Important
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


24     A lot of freedom
33     Some freedom
38     Limited freedom
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


20     Extremely important
40     Very important
35     Important
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


29     Continually or almost continually
29     More than half the time
14     About half the time
29     Less than half the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


19     More than 40 hours
81     40 hours
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


20     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


40     High responsibility
25     Moderate responsibility
20     Limited responsibility
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


14     Extremely serious
19     Very serious
52     Serious
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


35     Once a week or more but not every day
40     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


14     Very important results
29     Important results
19     Moderate results
38     Minor results
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


30     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
25     Once a year or more but not every month
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


24     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


25     More than half the time
60     About half the time
15     Less than half the time
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


30     High responsibility
30     Moderate responsibility
30     Limited responsibility
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


60     About half the time
25     Less than half the time
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


24     Contact with others most of the time
29     Contact with others about half the time
43     Occasional contact with others
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


19     More than half the time
29     About half the time
38     Less than half the time
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


33     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


15     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


30     Very important
30     Important
25     Fairly important
15     Not important at all
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


15     Moderately close (at arm's length)
30     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
50     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


15     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
45     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


19     Highly competitive
33     Moderately competitive
29     Slightly competitive
14     Not at all competitive
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


50     Moderately automated
45     Slightly automated
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


30     Once a month or more but not every week
25     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


14     Very important
24     Important
33     Fairly important
24     Not important at all
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


19     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


24     Once a week or more but not every day
43     Once a year or more but not every month
24     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


20     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


21     Once a week or more but not every day
47     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


86     Less than half the time
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


25     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


57     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
43     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


15     Important
50     Fairly important
25     Not important at all
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


15     Once a year or more but not every month
55     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


20     Once a month or more but not every week
45     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


60     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


70     Once a year or more but not every month
20     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


14     About half the time
57     Less than half the time
29     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


45     Less than half the time
45     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


52     Less than half the time
38     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


21     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
53     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


57     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


15     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
55     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


45     Less than half the time
55     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


20     Once a year or more but not every month
80     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


15     Once a year or more but not every month
85     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related 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.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
52   Bachelor's degree
24   Master's degree
10   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83 
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.
78 
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.
45 
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.
11 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
0 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
88 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
86 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
78 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
70 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
67 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
67 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
64 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
64 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
63 
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.
60 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
53 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
51 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
46 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
41 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
39 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
32 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
72 
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.
61 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
61 
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.
56 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
50 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
50 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

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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 (2016) $27.15 hourly, $56,470 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 17,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Faster than average (9% to 13%) Faster than average (9% to 13%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 8,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (57% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 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.

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