Geological Sample Test Technicians

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At A Glance: Geological Sample Test Technicians

Geological sample test technicians test or analyze geological samples, crude oil, or minerals to detect the presence of petroleum, gas, or other mineral deposits. They require several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training or vocational training. Such workers earn approximately $25.62 per hour, and the need for such workers grows much faster than the average at a rate of 15% or more per year. Positions related to geological sample test technicians include environmental engineering technicians, chemists, chemical technicians, environmental science and protection technicians, and precision agriculture technicians.

Entry Level Requirements


Bachelor's Degree

To become a geological sample test technician, a student must complete a bachelor's degree.
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Energy industry equals

$14 Billion
of the Tri-state area's gross regional product (GRP).

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $13 - $52/HR.

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Commonly Performed Tasks

Geological sample test technicians collect and prepare samples for analysis, record testing and operation data, and assemble, operate, or maintain field or laboratory testing, measuring, or mechanical equipment. They also collect operational data for analysis, assemble, operate, or maintain field or lab testing, measuring, or mechanical equipment and participate in surveys.
  • Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics using testing equipment
  • Collect and prepare or build samples for analysis
  • Record and enter sample tests or operational data for review and further analysis
  • Assemble, operate, or maintain field or laboratory testing, measuring, or mechanical equipment
  • Participate in various surveys, prospecting trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, etc.

Required Job Skills

Geological sample test technicians require specific skills to do their jobs effectively. They must be able to think critically, read and understand complex information, monitor themselves, others, and organizations, and apply scientific concepts to work duties. They also must be able to communicate ideas effectively through writing.
  • Critical Thinking
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Writing

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Stark State College
Program: Environmental Health and Safety Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years

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