Mud loggers are field specialists who monitor the oil well and collect samples for the geologist. They oversee the collection, processing, handling, and analysis of samples collected from wells. They examine, describe, and record samples following industry standards and customer's requirements. Also, they assist in monitoring and validating gas levels, lag time, drilling mud, and drilling parameters. Similarly, they report any issues to the appropriate persons. Furthermore, they conduct regular maintenance and necessary repairs on all equipment and help the geologist during coring operations.
To become a mud logger, you need a bachelor's degree in geology, geoscience, petroleum engineering, or any related field. You must possess communication and computer skills and mechanical abilities and must be experienced with using logging equipment and sensors. Also, you must have a minimum of a year of related work experience. Mud loggers earn an average salary of $41,659 per annum. This ranges between $23,000 and $76,000.