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Geological Sample Test Technicians

Job Information

Test or analyze geological samples, crude oil, or minerals to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration or production or to determine physical or chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.


  • Many science technicians work indoors in laboratory settings, but certain technicians work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations.
  • Most science technicians need some postsecondary training, such as an associate degree or a certificate in applied science or science-related technology; biological and forensic science technicians usually need a bachelor's degree.
  • Overall growth is expected to be about as fast as average, although growth will vary by specialty.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $49,690/yr ($24.85/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education Some college, no degree