Physical / Geoscience Technician
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Works with supervising geoscientists and geophysicists and uses specialized equipment to collect data on the earth's surface and interior. May assist with prospecting for underground sources of oil or gas.
There were 0 Physical / Geoscience Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1134 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Physical / Geoscience Technician industry, which includes the Physical / Geoscience Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Physical / Geoscience Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $50,110.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $50,793.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Physical / Geoscience Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,589.
Education and Experience
Posted Physical / Geoscience Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Physical / Geoscience Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||60%|
|3 to 5 years||24%|
|6 to 8 years||7%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Physical / Geoscience Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (28%)
- Research (22%)
- Organizational Skills (17%)
- Physical Abilities (17%)
- Planning (15%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- ArcGIS (13%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Quality Assurance and Control (13%)
- Global Positioning System (GPS) (13%)
- Scheduling (11%)
- Chemistry (11%)
- Repair (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Remote Sensing (6%)
- Geotechnical Engineering (5%)
- Hydrology (5%)
- Geology (5%)
- Geospatial Intelligence (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Geospatial Intelligence (4%) – marginal value $4,117
- Petrel (1%) – marginal value $2,967
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Physical / Geoscience Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Physical Science Technician
- Geotechnical Field Technician
- Geohazard Mitigation Technician
- Geospatial Specialist
- Geohazard Mitigation Technician Veterans/Construction/Drilling/Shotcrete
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
Here are the employers that have posted the most Physical / Geoscience Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- GSI Commerce (40)
- US Government (31)
- The GEO Group, Inc (26)
- Geostabilization International (24)
- Mantech International Corp. (21)
- Martinfederal (4)
- Stewart Group Incorporated (3)
- Mantech International Corp. (2)
- Aevex Aerospace (2)
- Assertive Professionals (2)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!