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What Does it Take to Be a Geological and Petroleum Technician?

Occupation Description Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes. Investigate and collect information leading to the possible discovery of new metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.

Types of Geological & Petroleum Technician Jobs

  • Seismic Interpreter
  • Seismic Observer
  • Geological Sample Tester
  • Mineral Technologist
  • Crude Tester

Is There Going to be Demand for Geological and Petroleum Technicians?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 15,000 jobs in the United States for Geological and Petroleum Technician. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 16% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,400 new jobs for Geological and Petroleum Technician by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,900 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Geological & Petroleum Technician are Wyoming, North Carolina, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, West Virginia, or New Hampshire. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Geological & Petroleum Technician

The typical yearly salary for Geological and Petroleum Technicians is somewhere between $28,020 and $108,110.


Geological and Petroleum Technicians who work in New Mexico, Alaska, or Kentucky, make the highest salaries.

How much do Geological and Petroleum Technicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $52,180
Alaska $76,650
Arizona $45,350
Arkansas $45,670
California $52,900
Florida $39,930
Georgia $64,110
Idaho $40,750
Illinois $39,500
Indiana $60,210
Kansas $48,530
Kentucky $64,540
Louisiana $64,640
Maryland $50,230
Massachusetts $62,840
Michigan $50,010
Minnesota $55,610
Mississippi $52,570
Missouri $49,620
Montana $61,730
Nebraska $66,470
Nevada $56,330
New Mexico $90,010
New York $54,920
North Dakota $60,050
Ohio $49,660
Oklahoma $55,580
Pennsylvania $49,190
South Carolina $51,610
Tennessee $54,600
Texas $66,760
Utah $51,400
Virginia $46,460
Washington $53,840
West Virginia $57,350
Wyoming $59,410

Who Employs Geological and Petroleum Technicians?


Geological and Petroleum Technicians work in the following industries:



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