|Quick Facts: Geological and Petroleum Technicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$52,700 per year
$25.34 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, 2012||15,800|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||15% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||2,400|
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 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 for geological and petroleum technicians was $52,700 in May 2012.
Employment of geological and petroleum technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. High prices for oil and strong demand for natural gas is expected to increase demand for geological exploration and extraction in the future.
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