|Quick Facts: Geological and Petroleum Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$54,020 per year
$25.97 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||14,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||15% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||2,100|
Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.
Geological and petroleum technicians work in offices, laboratories, and the field. Most geological and petroleum technicians work full time.
Most employers prefer applicants who have at least an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary training in applied science or a science-related technology. Geological and petroleum technicians also receive on-the-job training.
The median annual wage of geological and petroleum technicians was $54,020 in May 2010.
Employment of geological and petroleum technicians is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. High prices and growing demand for natural resources, especially oil and natural gas, are expected to increase demand for geological exploration and extraction in the future.
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