What Does a Geophysical Data Technician Do?

Geophysical Data Technicians Measure, record, or evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect or evaluate core samples or cuttings.

Typically, Geophysical Data Technicians perform these tasks every day:

    Apply new technologies, such as improved seismic imaging techniques, to locate untapped oil or natural gas deposits.

    Collect data on underground areas, such as reservoirs, that could be used in carbon sequestration operations.

    Collect geological data from potential geothermal energy plant sites.

    Compile data used to address environmental issues, such as the suitability of potential landfill sites.

    Conduct geophysical surveys of potential sites for wind farms or solar installations to determine their suitability.

    Set up or direct set-up of instruments used to collect geological data.

Most days, Geophysical Data Technicians perform these tasks:

    Measure geological characteristics used in prospecting for oil or gas, using measuring instruments.

    Record readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas.

    Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.

    Create photographic recordings of information, using equipment.

    Collect samples or cuttings, using equipment or hand tools.

    Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data.

    Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems.

    Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information.

    Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.

Other tasks that Geophysical Data Technicians perform include:

    Develop and design packing materials and handling procedures for shipping of objects.

    Prepare and attach packing instructions to shipping containers.

    Diagnose or repair malfunctioning instruments or equipment, using manufacturers' manuals and hand tools.

    Evaluate and interpret core samples and cuttings, and other geological data used in prospecting for oil or gas.

    Supervise oil, water, or gas well-drilling activities.

    Plan and direct activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 29.3% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 28.13% said they needed a Master's Degree.

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What Skills Should a Geophysical Data Technician Have?

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

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What Tools and Technologies Are Geophysical Data Technicians Using to Do Their Job?

Water sampling bailers

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Total stations


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