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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.   (O'Net 19-4041.02)

 
Reported job titles:   Acid Tester, Chalk Tester, Core Inspector, Crude Tester, Drilling Fluids Specialist, Electron Microprobe Operator, Environmental Field Services Technician, Environmental Sampling Technician, Explorer, Extractions Technologist, Gas Analyst, Gas Prover, Gas Tester, Gasoline Tester, Geological Technician, Geology Associate, Geology Technician, Geotechnicial Properties Technician, Hydrology Technician, Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Worker, Materials Technician, Mineral Technologist, Mud Analysis Operator, Mud Analysis Well-Logging Captain, Mud Analysis Well-Logging Operator, Oil Analyst, Oil and Gas Exploration Technician, Oil Field Tester, Oil Laboratory Analyst, Oil Tester, Oil Well Logger, Ore Tester, Organic Section Technical Lead, Petroleum Analyst, Physical Science Technician, Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Research Associate, Specialist Field Engineer, Temperature Logging Operator, Test Engine Evaluator, Test Engine Operator, Test Evaluator, Test Technician, Tester, Well Logger, Well Tester
 
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    Wages
    for Geological and Petroleum Technicians which includes:
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    Employment Trends
    for Geological and Petroleum Technicians which includes:
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    Industries of Employment
    for Geological and Petroleum Technicians which includes:
                                - Geophysical Data Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Support activities for mining 31.5%
    Oil and gas extraction 22.9%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 21.9%
    Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 4.4%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 2.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Geological Sample Test Technicians
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  • Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment.
     
  • Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis.
     
  • Assemble, operate, and maintain field and laboratory testing, measuring, and mechanical equipment, working as part of a crew when required.
     
  • Compile and record testing and operational data for review and further analysis.
     
  • Adjust or repair testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices.
     
  • Supervise well exploration, drilling activities, or well completions.
     
  • Inspect engines for wear or defective parts, using equipment or measuring devices.
     
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross sections.
     
  • Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs.
     
  • Plot information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2006
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2006
     


    Skills
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • 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, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2006
     


    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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2006
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians  updated June 2006
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Mining and Petroleum Technologies/Technicians, Other.
     
    • Petroleum Technology/Technician.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Geological Sample Test Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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