Geophysical Data Technicians


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+16.4% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Geophysical Data Technicians Do

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.

Other Job Titles Geophysical Data Technicians May Have

Exploration Manager, Field Engineer, Geological E-Logger, Geological Technician, Geoscience Technician, Geoscientist, Geotechnician, Observer, Soils Technician, Technical Assistant

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Chief Field Engineer ,

U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)

As the chief field engineer, my day consists of making sure that all 240 remote sites are well maintained, running efficiently, and that data is coming in for scientists to analyze. Some sites are only accessible via helicopter, so sometimes travel to work can be interesting.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
  • Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
  • Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information.
  • Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems.
  • Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data.

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