Data & Research
UI Portal Employer Portal Claimant Portal
 
* ELMI Occupation Report *
 
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.   (O'Net 47-5021.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Auger Operator, Blast Hole Driller, Blaster, Blasting Production Technician, Boring Machine Operator, Churn Drill Operator, Churn Driller, Coal Mine Bore Hole Drill Operator, Construction Driller, Core Drill Operator, Core Driller, Core Sampler, Deep Well Contractor, Diamond Driller, Directional Driller, Drill Hand, Drill Operator, Drill Runner, Driller, Drilling Machine Operator, Drilling Machine Runner, Earth Auger Operator, Earth Boring Machine Operator, Electric Drill Operator, Environmental Sampler, Explosive Bore Hole Driller, Foundation Drill Operator, Geotechnical Operating Engineer, Geothermal Operating Engineer, Ground Water Contractor, Hard Rock Drill Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Highwall Drill Operator, Hole Digger Operator, Horizontal Drill Operator, Horizontal Earth Boring Machine Operator, Hydraulic Rock Drill Operator, Jumper, Machine Driller, Mine Equipment Operator, Operating Engineer, Overburden Drill Operator, Post Hole Digger, Post Hole Digging Machine Operator, Raise Driller, Rock Drill Operator, Shot Core Drill Operator, Soil Sampler, Stoper, Test Borer, Test Driller, Tunneling Machine Operator, Wagon Drill Operator, Wagon Driller, Wagoner, Wash Driller, Water Well Driller, Well Digger, Well Drill Operator, Well Driller, Well Driller Helper, Well Testing Operator
 
  • Career Video
  • Wages
  • Employment Trends
  • Industries of Employment
  • Tasks
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • Work Activities
  • Interests
  • Work Styles
  • License Information
  • Education & Training Requirements
  • Schools
  • Other Resources
  • Related Occupations
  •  


    Career Video
    related to Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas photo Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Architecture and Construction photo Architecture and Construction
    Additional videos and more information available at
     


    Wages
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 17.35   $ 19.83   $ 30.08   $ 34.27   $ 36.85   $ 27.23  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 18.08   $ 25.57   $ 32.30   $ 35.40   $ 37.26   $ 29.85  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.22   $ 17.49   $ 19.51   $ 22.26   $ 24.08   $ 19.85  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 49 51 0.4% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Heavy and civil engineering construction 36.1%
    Support activities for mining 22.3%
    Specialty trade contractors 14.0%
    Mining (except oil and gas) 11.5%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 6.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
     
  • Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.
     
  • Monitor drilling operations, checking gauges and listening to equipment to assess drilling conditions and to determine the need to adjust drilling or alter equipment.
     
  • Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
     
  • Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.
     
  • Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
     
  • Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.
     
  • Drill or bore holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, or building foundations.
     
  • Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.
     
  • Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
     
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2007
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
    License Name Licensing Agency
    Well Driller Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  •  
  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  •  
  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  •  
  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
  •  
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas  updated June 2007
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation.
     
    • Well Drilling/Driller.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


    Other Resources
    for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
  • Labor Exchange Information
  • A source for occupational characteristics, such as age, gender, race, and years of education and an alternative source for occupational wage rates. Limited to people looking for jobs and the jobs advertised through VDOL Vermont Job Link.
  • Look for statewide information over the latest 12 months for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas.
  •  
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • No handbook information for this occupation.
     
  • CareerOneStop
  • CareerOneStop is...
  • Your source for employment information and inspiration
  • The place to manage your career
  • Your pathway to career success
  • Tools to help job seekers, students, businessess and career professionals
  • Go to
  • O*NET™ Online
  • O*NET Online is an interactive web site for those interested in exploring occupations through O*NET, The Occupational Information Network database.   All of the descriptive information on this page comes from the O*NET database, version 18.1, released March 2014.   The O*NET database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information.
  • For additional information on Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas , go to O*NET Online Detail Report.
  • Home page is at   
  •  

    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
    Back to Top
     
     
  • Dredge Operators
  •  
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
  •  
  • Helpers--Extraction Workers
  •  
  • Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  •  
  • Logging Equipment Operators
  •  
  • Machinists
  •  
  • Pile-Driver Operators
  •  
  • Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
  •  
  • Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood
  •  
  • Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
  •  
    source: Occupational Information Network: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas 
     

     
     
     
    Vermont.gov State of Vermont Department of Labor