When an earthquake occurs or a volcano erupts a geophysical technologist is one of the professionals who studies the magnitude and attempts to determine where or when other quakes or eruptions may occur in the future. Geophysical technologists also use their knowledge of rock layers under the surface of the earth to develop theories on where petroleum mineral crude oil and other natural resource exploration should occur. The website www.jobsonline.net states that geophysical technologists use “sonic electronic electrical seismic or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil and gas.” The information that they gather using these instruments is then evaluated compiled and analyzed so that excavation companies know where to drill for the best results. A career as a geophysical technologist requires work to be completed both outdoors and indoors. In an outdoor setting a geophysical technologist collects samples observes geological data and analyzes natural formations. In an indoor setting a geophysical technologist takes the information and samples gathered from the field and performs research studies conducts laboratory tests and works on computers to compile information. Most geological technicians have a minimum of an associate’s degree but some have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a subject related to physical science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that jobs prospects are better for those with a 4-year degree and the median hourly wage for a geophysical technologist is approximately $22.19 per hour which equates to $46155 per year.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Measures, records, and evaluates geological data.
Uses instruments to prospect for oil or gas.
Collects samples for laboratory analysis.
Records geologic conditions.
|Also Called:||Geological Technician
Geological Engineering Technician