Female earth science technician taking notes in the field with soil samples.

Earth Science Technician

Earth Science Technicians collect and test earth and water samples, record observations and analyse data in support of Geologists or Geophysicists.

Overview

Earth Science Technicians collect and test earth and water samples, record observations and analyse data in support of Geologists or Geophysicists.

Day-to-day

  • prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collects information and samples
  • conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement
  • controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment
  • participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

Considerations

  • requires driving.

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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become an Earth Science Technician

  • You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in environmental science, environmental technology, laboratory technology or another related field to work as an Earth Science Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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