Geological and Petroleum Technicians

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Occupation Description

Geological and petroleum technicians support scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear gauging apparatuses in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data representing possible resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. They often examine mud and drill cuttings, graph pressure, temperature, and other features of wells or bore holes. In addition, they will explore and gather information leading to the potential finding of new metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.

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Required Education

Associate's degree
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