Keep the machines at a petroleum refining running smoothly.
Governments and communities are pouring money into the research and development of alternative fuel and energy sources. But, until we find an economical and efficient alternative to coal, oil, and natural gas, those industries will continue to employ large numbers of workers.
Geoscience Technicians work with Geologists, Geophysicists, Engineers, and other Scientists to locate underground oil and gas reserves. The job of a Geoscience Technician requires flexibility and a willingness to travel. That’s because it entails spending time in the laboratory as well as locations around the world.
As a Geoscience Technician working in the field, you are responsible for ordering, packing, shipping, and taking an inventory of supplies and equipment. On site, you use specialized equipment to collect samples and take measurements. You also provide maintenance and repairs to keep your equipment in top shape.
You work as part of a team, so communication and listening skills are paramount. You must be able to take direction, but also work unsupervised. This job requires an analytical mind and attention to detail while you run experiments and gather data. You also use computer skills to consolidate and analyze the data you gather in the field.
In the lab, you spend your days analyzing dirt, water, and rock samples. You’re looking for evidence of gas or oil. With this and other information, you formulate an estimate of how much of the material is buried underground. It’s an expensive endeavor to drill for oil, so your work helps guarantee a financial payoff.