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Working As A Lead 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

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 Lead 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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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$154,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cisco Systems
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Lead Data Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Data Technician in the United States is $88,005 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $154,000.

Real Lead Data Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Migration Technical Lead Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Concord, CA May 02, 2016 $160,699
Data Migration Technical Lead Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Concord, CA May 02, 2016 $148,177
Data Migration Technical Lead Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Concord, CA Feb 05, 2015 $142,500
Data Migration Technical Lead Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Concord, CA Feb 05, 2014 $142,500
Data Migration Technical Lead Strategic Staffing Solutions LC Detroit, MI Aug 01, 2016 $142,500
Global Data Technical Lead Abbott Laboratories Park City, IL Jul 02, 2015 $140,550
Enterprise Data Management BI Technical Lead Ciber, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Aug 15, 2016 $140,000
Global Data Technical Lead Abbott Laboratories Park City, IL Jul 15, 2016 $137,999
Technical Lead-Master Data Management John Wiley and Sons Inc. Hoboken, NJ Oct 31, 2016 $130,000
Data Integration Technical Lead Home Box Office, Inc. New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $129,600
Data Integration Technical Lead Home Box Office, Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2016 $129,600
Associate, Crgt OPS Lead, Enterprise & Data Services, Tech & Data Division Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $125,000
Technical Lead, Application and Data Security Syntegrity Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 01, 2015 $124,260 -
$160,000
Technical Lead, Application and Data Security Syntegrity Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2014 $124,260 -
$160,000
Technical Lead-Application and Data Security Syntegrity Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 13, 2015 $122,000 -
$142,000
Data Solutions-Technical Lead AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jun 01, 2015 $121,300
Data Solutions-Technical Lead AIG Employee Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $121,300
Data Solutions-Technical Lead AIG Technologies, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $121,300
Big Data Technical Lead Asurion LLC Nashville, TN Jan 26, 2016 $118,000
Technical Lead, Big Data Infrastructure Viasat, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jan 03, 2015 $105,000 -
$110,000
Technical Lead, Big Data Infrastructure Viasat, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Mar 01, 2015 $105,000 -
$110,000
Technical Data Lead American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Ridgefield Park, NJ Oct 15, 2016 $104,080
Data Science Technical Lead Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Apr 08, 2016 $104,064
Technical Lead, Application and Data Security Syntegrity Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 01, 2013 $101,982 -
$160,000
Data Technical Lead Diageo North America, Inc. Norwalk, CT Sep 12, 2010 $101,630 -
$120,000
Technical Data Lead American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Ridgefield Park, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $100,913
Technical Lead, Big Data Infrastructure Viasat, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Apr 12, 2013 $90,000 -
$96,000
Data Integration Technical Lead IBM India Private Limited Richmond, VA Sep 20, 2014 $81,494 -
$85,200
Technical Lead-Business Intelligence/Datawarehouse NEO Tech Solutions Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Oct 15, 2015 $76,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Data Technician

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  • Developed numerous PL/SQL Functions to check for specific business rules.
  • Defined and documented development standards and guidelines for ETL developers.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Data Technicians

  1. District of Columbia
  2. New Jersey
  3. Connecticut
  4. Colorado
  5. Alaska
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Virginia
  9. Minnesota
  10. North Dakota
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Lead Data Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

21.7%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Polish

11.1%

Greek

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Japanese

11.1%
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Lead Data Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.3%

ECPI University

6.3%

Western Governors University

6.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.3%

American University

6.3%

Virginia State University

6.3%

Brown University

4.2%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

University of Montana

4.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Arlington

4.2%

College of William and Mary

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

Florida International University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.2%

Syracuse University

2.1%

Northland Pioneer College

2.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.1%

Business

16.1%

Information Technology

10.4%

Computer Information Systems

8.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Computer Networking

3.6%

General Studies

3.6%

Information Systems

3.6%

Communication

3.6%

Finance

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Management

1.6%

Biology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Other

28.8%

Masters

18.8%

Associate

10.0%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.7%
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