Geochemical technicians work with geochemists scientists and engineers to research the chemicals that exist naturally in the earth. Some such chemicals include oil and gas. They also have the responsibility of studying the effects of chemicals generated by humans on the earth’s natural environment and resources. The roles of geochemical technicians are very important in terms of the impact their research and analysis has on economic and environmental factors. Their findings which are based on collecting and analyzing geological samples are used to determine where mineral gas and oil excavations should take place as well as what environmental protection programs should be enacted to protect the environment in specific locations. Many geochemical technicians choose to specialize in specific study areas such as crystal geochemistry low temperature or high temperature geochemistry cosmic geochemistry organic geochemistry or isotope geochemistry. Regardless of the specialization most geochemical technicians spend a considerable amount of time in the field which is where they collect samples and analyze data on site. According to www.unixl.com all geochemical technicians need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree but many have a master’s degree or Ph.D. Some of the necessary skills for this career are the ability to use and maintain laboratory equipment and the capability to solve complex mathematical equations. A background in organic chemistry physics mineralogy and other related subjects is helpful to begin a career in this field. Salaryexpert.com states that the salary range for geochemical technicians is between $29775 and $48718 per year.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Studies chemicals in the earth.
Assess how human activities affect soil and water chemistry.
Collects data and analyzes samples.
Analyzes trace quantities of chemicals to find minerals.
|Also Called:||Natural Scientist
Natural Sciences Technician