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Geological Technician

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Geological Technician
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(thousands per year)*
€20 -  
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Entrants: 20k
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Geological technicians help and support the work of geoscientists including geologists, geochemists and geophysicists whose work involves the study of the Earth's rocks and minerals.


The Work header image

Geological technicians work with gas, oil or mineral exploration. Or they can work in other areas such as research and civil engineering. Their main duty is to support the work of geoscientists by managing the day-to-day running of the laboratory and by carrying out a range of experiments. These will include chemical analysis of rocks or fossils, cutting thin slices of rocks or operating X-ray machines and electron microscopes. They can also photograph specimens, make plans and diagrams for map work, log data and record information.  
 
They may also be responsible for preparing educational material, setting up experiments and maintaining stock levels.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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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.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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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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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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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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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Geological technicians will need to be flexible and adaptable. You will need good inter-personal skills as you will be working as part of a team but you will be expected to be self-motivated as well. A lot of the work you will be responsible for demands accuracy and attention to detail.

You will have to have good IT skills and be prepared to keep up with new technologies. You must also be able to read and interpret maps.  
 
You will need to be in good physical condition for field, able to cope with differing weather conditions, and have sharp eyesight.  
 
Depending on your position you may have to work away from home for lengths of time.


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Organisation: Institute of Geologists of Ireland
  Address: Geology Department, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 716 2085
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Geological Survey of Ireland
  Address: Beggars Bush, Haddington Rd., Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 678 2000 / LoCall 1890 4499 00
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