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Geophysical Data Technicians - 19-4041.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Measure, record, or evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect or evaluate core samples or cuttings.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Exploration Manager
  • Field Engineer
  • Geological E-Logger
  • Geological Technician
  • Geoscience Technician
  • Geoscientist
  • Geotechnician
  • Observer
  • Soils Technician
  • Technical Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply new technologies, such as improved seismic imaging techniques, to locate untapped oil or natural gas deposits.
  • Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems.
  • Collect data on underground areas, such as reservoirs, that could be used in carbon sequestration operations.
  • Collect geological data from potential geothermal energy plant sites.
  • Collect samples or cuttings, using equipment or hand tools.
  • Compile data used to address environmental issues, such as the suitability of potential landfill sites.
  • Conduct geophysical surveys of potential sites for wind farms or solar installations to determine their suitability.
  • Create photographic recordings of information, using equipment.
  • Develop and design packing materials and handling procedures for shipping of objects.
  • Diagnose or repair malfunctioning instruments or equipment, using manufacturers' manuals and hand tools.
  • Evaluate and interpret core samples and cuttings, and other geological data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
  • Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information.
  • Measure geological characteristics used in prospecting for oil or gas, using measuring instruments.
  • Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data.
  • Plan and direct activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data.
  • Prepare and attach packing instructions to shipping containers.
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
  • Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
  • Record readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
  • Set up or direct set-up of instruments used to collect geological data.
  • Supervise oil, water, or gas well-drilling activities.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze geological samples.
  • Collect archival data.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Collect geographical or geological field data.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Compile environmental or climatological data.
  • Compile geographic or related data.
  • Direct natural resources extraction projects.
  • Direct technical activities or operations.
  • Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment.
  • Locate natural resources using geospatial or other environmental data.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment.
  • Prepare maps.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
  • Survey land or properties.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) Analyst Forecaster (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Scientific Applications Specialist (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Geological Aide
  • Observer, Electrical Prospecting
  • Observer, Gravity Prospecting
  • Observer, Seismic Prospecting
  • Scout
  • Section-Plotter Operator
  • Surveyor, Oil-Well Directional
  • Technical Operator