Test and analyze geological samples, crude oil or petroleum products to detect presence of petroleum, gas or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration and production, or to determine physical and chemical properties to ensure products meet quality standards.
Sample of reported job titles: Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Materials Technician, Core Inspector, Electron Microprobe Operator, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician, Geological Sample Tester, Mud Logger
Base salary and job outlook
- Median wages (2008): $25.65 hourly, $53,360 annual
- Employment (2006): 12,000 employees
- Projected growth (2008): Average (7% to 13%)
- Projected need (2006-2016): 5,000 additional employees
- Identifying Objects, Actions and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Getting Information - Observing, receiving and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data or process information.
- Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing or verifying information or data.
- Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events or the environment to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers and subordinates by telephone, in written form, email or in person.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.