- 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.