Geotechnician | Selby College
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Geotechnicians collect and analyse geological data from rock, soil and water samples.

Potential salary

£17,000 to £31,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • knowledge of geography
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • preparing rock, soil and water samples for testing
  • analysing the chemical and physical properties of samples
  • obtaining and processing geophysical data
  • logging well and borehole drilling activity
  • interpreting data from seismic surveys
  • preparing geological maps sections
  • supporting teaching staff in university
  • training and supervising staff
  • producing reports for engineers and scientists

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a laboratory.

With experience, you could train as a geoscientist.

You could also move into management, or into another sector and become a laboratory technician in a school or college.

You can get more advice about careers and training in geoscience from The Geological Society.

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