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19-4043.00 - Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in laboratory, exploration, and production activities to obtain data indicating resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.

The occupation code you requested, 19-4041.01 (Geophysical Data Technicians), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 19-4043.00 (Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Core Inspector, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician, Geological E-Logger, Geological Technician, Geoscience Technician, Geotechnician, Materials Technician, Physical Science Technician, Soils 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.
  • Compile, log, or record testing or operational data for review and further analysis. 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.
  • Prepare or review professional, technical, or other reports regarding sampling, testing, or recommendations of data 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.
  • Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information. 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.
  • Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and direct activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up or direct set-up of instruments used to collect geological data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create photographic recordings of information, using equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure geological characteristics used in prospecting for oil or gas, using measuring instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible mining locations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess the environmental impacts of development projects on subsurface materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate and interpret core samples and cuttings, and other geological data used in prospecting for oil or gas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply new technologies, such as improved seismic imaging techniques, to locate untapped oil or natural gas deposits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect data on underground areas, such as reservoirs, that could be used in carbon sequestration operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect geological data from potential geothermal energy plant sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile data used to address environmental issues, such as the suitability of potential landfill sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct geophysical surveys of potential sites for wind farms or solar installations to determine their suitability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate and interpret seismic data with the aid of computers. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — IHS PETRA; Landmark GeoGraphix; Schlumberger GeoFrame; Techsia Techlog (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dynamic Graphics EarthVision; Midland Valley 2DMove See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base reporting software — SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Microsoft Access Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot technology ; Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software Hot technology ; Geographic information system GIS software Hot technology ; Martin D Adamiker's TruFlite; Surface III (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Mobile location based services software — Juniper Systems LandMark Mobile See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Augers — Hand augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bi distillation units — Water distillation units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binoculars — Surveillance binoculars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinometers 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.
  • Geological compasses — Directional compasses; Pocket transits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass crucibles — Glass laboratory crucibles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gravimeters — Gravitational field indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Geological hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Abney levels; Survey altimeters 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.
  • Levels — Electronic digital levels; Hand levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stirrers — Heated magnetic stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments — Cryogenic magnetometers; Magnetometers; Proton magnetometers; Spinner magnetometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers — Hand lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Map measurers — Planimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring rods — Stadia rods 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.
  • Picks — Rock picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic rock drills — Power rock coring drills 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.
  • Rangefinders — Laser rangefinders 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.
  • Scientific calculator — Scientific calculators 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 — Hydraulic vibracorers; Sample microsplitters; Soil augers; Soil core samplers (see all 5 examples) 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.
  • Theodolites — Electronic digital theodolites; Total stations 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.

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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.
  • 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. 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.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. 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.
  • 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.

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Abilities

  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze geological samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples for analysis or testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record research or operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare maps. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research geological features or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct technical activities or operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze geological or geographical data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect archival data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Locate natural resources using geospatial or other environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compile geographic or related data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct natural resources extraction projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend packing or shipping methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect environmental data or samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect geographical or geological field data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compile environmental or climatological data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Survey land or properties. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? 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 — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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 real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians.
Employment data for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians.
Industry data for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians.

Median wages (2019) $24.58 hourly, $51,130 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 1,600
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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