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Working As A Data Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $67,958

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Technician Do

Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.

Duties

Geological and petroleum technicians typically do the following:

  • Install and maintain laboratory and field equipment
  • Gather samples such as rock, mud, and soil in the field and prepare samples for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct scientific tests on samples to determine their content and characteristics
  • Record data from tests and compile information from reports, computer databases, and other sources
  • Prepare reports and maps that can be used to define geological characteristics of areas that may have valuable resources
  • Monitor well exploration activities and record data such as well temperatures and pressures
  • Document their investigations and compare actual productivity with their estimates

Geological and petroleum technicians tend to specialize in either fieldwork and laboratory work, or working in offices where they analyze data. However, many technicians have duties that overlap into multiple areas.

In the field, geological and petroleum technicians use sophisticated equipment such as seismic instruments to gather geological data. They also use tools to collect rock samples and other materials for scientific analysis. In laboratories, these technicians analyze the samples for evidence of hydrocarbons, useful metals, or precious gemstones.

Geological and petroleum technicians use computers to analyze data from samples collected in the field and from previous research. They use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map geological data; the software creates a visual representation and makes the data easier to understand. The results of their analysis may explain a new site’s potential for further exploration and development or may focus on monitoring the current and future productivity of an existing site.

Geological and petroleum technicians work on geological prospecting and surveying teams under the supervision of scientists and engineers, who evaluate the work for accuracy and make final decisions about current and potential production sites. Geologic and petroleum technicians might work with scientists and technicians in other fields as well. For example, geological and petroleum technicians might work with environmental scientists and technicians to monitor the environmental impact of drilling and other activities.

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How To Become A Data Technician

Geological and petroleum technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary training in applied science or science-related technology. Some jobs may require a bachelor’s degree. Geological and petroleum technicians also receive on-the-job training.

Education

Although some entry-level positions require only a high school diploma, most employers prefer applicants who have at least an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary training in applied science or a science-related technology. Geological and petroleum technician jobs that are data intensive or otherwise highly technical may require at least a bachelor’s degree.

Many community colleges and technical institutes offer programs in the geosciences, petroleum, mining, or a related technology, such as geographic information systems (GIS). Community colleges offer associate’s degree programs designed to provide an easy transition to bachelor’s degree programs at colleges and universities; such programs can be useful for future career advancement.

Regardless of the program, most students take classes in geology, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and physics. Many schools also offer internships and cooperative-education programs that help students gain experience while attending school.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Geological and petroleum technicians examine data, using a variety of complex techniques, including laboratory experimentation and computer modeling.

Communication skills. Geological and petroleum technicians explain their methods and findings through oral and written reports to scientists, engineers, managers, and other technicians.

Critical-thinking skills. Geological and petroleum technicians must use their best judgment when interpreting scientific data and determining what is relevant to their work.

Interpersonal skills. Geological and petroleum technicians need to be able to work well with others and as part of a team.

Physical stamina. To do fieldwork, geological and petroleum technicians need to be in good physical shape in order to hike to remote locations while carrying testing and sampling equipment.

Training

Most geological and petroleum technicians receive on-the-job training under the supervision of technicians who have more experience. During training, new technicians gain hands-on experience using field and laboratory equipment, as well as computer programs such as modeling and mapping software. The length of training can vary with the technician’s previous experience and education and with the specifics of the job.

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Data Technician Career Paths

Data Technician
Specialist Phlebotomist Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trials Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Data Analyst Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Senior Project Manager Development Director
Director Of Advancement
12 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Sales Engineer Director Of Sales
Director Of Retail Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Service Director
Director Of Support Services
10 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Logistics Coordinator Document Control Coordinator
Document Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Program Manager Business Developer
Head Of Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Management Analyst Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Manager MIS Manager
MIS Director
6 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Coordinator Project Leader
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Data Technician 3.0 years
Technician 2.6 years
Data Specialist 2.5 years
On-Site Technician 2.4 years
Junior Technician 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 8.9%
Internship 6.1%
Cashier 5.4%
Teller 3.6%
Manager 3.2%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.6%
Manager 4.1%
Cashier 3.4%
Owner 3.2%

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Data Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

37.5%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.3%

Carrier

10.8%

German

6.2%

Chinese

4.6%

French

3.8%

Mandarin

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Russian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Greek

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Swedish

0.8%

Telugu

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Lakota

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%
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Data Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.8%

Strayer University

7.0%

Midlands Technical College

6.2%

University of Washington

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Houston Community College

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Ashford University

3.9%

University of Utah

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.5%

University of Wyoming

3.5%

Duke University

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%

Tulsa Community College

3.1%

Webster University

3.1%

South University

3.1%

Michigan State University

2.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.7%

Community College of the Air Force

2.7%
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Majors

Business

20.4%

Computer Science

10.9%

Information Technology

9.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.8%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Communication

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Management

3.9%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Psychology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Geography

3.3%

General Studies

3.2%

Accounting

3.0%

Nursing

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.8%

Other

29.0%

Associate

17.3%

Masters

10.0%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Real Data Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Intelligence Data Technologist Chateaux Software Westport, CT Feb 11, 2013 $125,000
Technologist, Data Analysis Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Portsmouth, NH Feb 08, 2011 $101,192 -
$154,000
Data Archtech Byteware Inc. Plymouth Meeting, PA Mar 01, 2015 $90,000
Geological Data Technicians Jigsaw Technologies, Inc. Tucson, AZ Mar 19, 2010 $90,000
Geophysical Data Technician de Groot-BRIL Earth Sciences, USA, LLC Sugar Land, TX Aug 27, 2015 $70,000
Geophysical Data Technician de Groot-BRIL Earth Sciences, USA, LLC Sugar Land, TX Aug 25, 2014 $70,000
Geological Data Technicians Cggveritas Services Holding (U.S.) Inc. Austin, TX Jan 27, 2009 $62,483
Geological Data Technicians Geoscience Earth & Marine Services, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 01, 2008 $62,483
Data Loading Technician Catalyst Repository Systems Denver, CO Sep 10, 2013 $57,500
Geological Data Technicians Core Laboratories LP Denver, CO Dec 23, 2011 $56,680 -
$60,715
Geological Data Technicians Weatherford International Shenandoah, TX Dec 30, 2010 $55,370 -
$72,000
Geochemical Data Technician Weatherford International Inc. Shenandoah, TX Oct 01, 2009 $53,361
Data Technician Associate RVM Enterprises, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2012 $52,000
Geophysical Data Technician Continental Laboratories, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2014 $50,000
Geological Data Technicians Weatherford International Houston, TX Dec 14, 2010 $49,500 -
$74,200
Geophysical Data Technician de Groot-BRIL Earth Sciences USA LLC Sugar Land, TX Jul 12, 2015 $48,880
Geological Data Technicians University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK Feb 04, 2011 $47,611 -
$51,000
Data Technician Jackson State University Jackson, MS Oct 01, 2012 $40,000
Laboratory/Research Data Technician Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Dec 17, 2013 $39,131
Geotechnical Data Technician KMA Consulting Engineers, Inc. Medford, NJ Sep 01, 2010 $38,000
Geotechnical Data Technician KMA Consulting Engineers, Inc. Medford, NJ Sep 15, 2010 $38,000

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  • Performed installation and maintenance of data networks.
  • Entered and maintained monthly contacts regarding phone calls, home visits, and classroom visits to promote family and community partnership.
  • Worked in clean rooms, outdoors, crawl spaces, and many other different areas to install cabling and fiber optics.
  • Executed daily operations of pulling up, deciphering and entering prescriptions into computer database.
  • Managed, compared and organized all data entry and collaboration of data with statisticians.

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