Geological and Petroleum Technician at a Glance

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Best States for Geological and Petroleum Technician

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Texas 6,920 $57,540 $28
Alaska 270 $59,540 $29
Wyoming 230 $56,760 $27

Geological and petroleum technicians typically hold at least an associate of applied science degree (AAS) with an emphasis on geology, engineering, or a science-related technology. Most schools offer both online and on-campus AAS degree programs with career specialty emphasis and credits that can be applied toward a four-year bachelor's program. Students should check in advance to be sure their coursework will count toward the bachelor's degree program of their choice.

Many community colleges and technical institutes offer programs in geosciences, petroleum, and mining, as well as the different kinds of technology, such as GIS software, used on the job by geological and petroleum science technicians. A sampling of classes you may take in a geology degree program, drawn from course listings for Casper College's associate of science in geology program, include the following:

  • Physical Geology
  • Mineralogy and Petrography
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • Principles of Paleontology

Geological and petroleum technicians will receive on-the-job training under the supervision of scientists and more experienced technicians. They'll learn how to operate field and laboratory equipment and utilize computer software for modeling and mapping. The technician's education and previous work-related experience will determine the length of the training.