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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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Rock cutters
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  • Jaw crushers
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  • Pneumatic rock drills
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  • Augers
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  • Hammers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Map creation software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
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  • Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
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  • Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information.
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  • Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems.
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  • Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data.
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  • Plan and direct activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data.
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  • Set up or direct set-up of instruments used to collect geological data.
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  • Record readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
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  • Supervise oil, water, or gas well-drilling activities.
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  • Collect samples or cuttings, using equipment or hand tools.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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