Seismic Tech

A seismic technician is often referred to as a “seismic interpreter.” Their primary responsibilities are to calculate document and assess information gathered from seismic measuring instruments. However seismic technicians have many other more broad job responsibilities besides simply recording and evaluating seismic data. Some of the usual tasks that seismic technicians complete on a regular basis include developing maps of the inside of the earth based on gathered geological data working with engineers to determine where areas of mineral oil andor gas deposits are located within the earth and researching the best ways in which oil gas and other natural resources can be best extracted from underground. Another important piece of a seismic technician’s job is measuring the velocity of earthquakes. As part of their evaluation of earthquakes that have occurred they also help to make predictions on where and when future earthquakes may take place and they estimate the possibility of their potential strength. They conduct their research by compiling and analyzing data completing laboratory tests and by conducting tests via placing cables into the earth by way of “seismic drillers.” In order to become a seismic technician it’s essential to earn a minimum of an associate’s degree in a field related to seismology or geology. Additionally an interest in geology data gathering and research on the earth’s composition and movement patterns are all helpful for this career. According to the website www.oceancareers.com seismic technicians must be skilled at interpreting data from various types of measuring instruments and must also have the knowledge to estimate and deduce information based on samples of the earth’s core that are evaluated in a laboratory setting. The website www.salaryexpert.com lists the salary range for a seismic technician at $35649 – $43246 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $39447.5
High Salary: $43246
Low Salary: $35649
Tasks: Generates maps and cross sections of the earth's structure.
Predicts changes and movements in rock structures.
Assesses physical properties of rock.
Collects and evaluates rock samples and cuttings.
Also Called: Seismic Interpreter
Seismic Observer
Seismic Plotter
Seismographer
Additional Resources: http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/seismic_interpreter_job_description.jsp
http://www.oceancareers.com/2.0/career_description.php?career_id=49
http://www.salaryexpert.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Browse.Seismic-Technician-salary-data-details&PositionId=33579