If you like the idea of a scientific career that is mainly laboratory based and to do with the environment, then you might be interested in the role of geotechnician.
Work as a geotechnician includes collecting, processing and interpreting data from samples and also from seismic surveys. This involves preparing samples of soil, rock and water for testing and analysing the properties of these samples.
As well as interpreting data, activity such as drilling must be logged. You would prepare reports for engineers and scientists to make use of for research purposes, when assessing the ground for suitability for building purposes and engineering projects or when searching for energy resources and minerals, like gas and oil.
Working hours tend to be 9 – 5, Monday to Friday unless there’s a deadline to meet.
How to become a geotechnician
To work as a geotechnician you will normally need to have a degree, foundation degree or at least an HND in a relevant subject such as geoscience, geology, chemistry, environmental science or maths.
If you are about to begin GCSEs, then opting for triple science might be helpful if it is an option. If you are choosing A-levels then maths, chemistry or environmental science, if it’s an option, would be good choices.
To succeed in this career, you will need to have good scientific, mathematical and technical skills as well as decent IT skills.
Job prospects and pay for a geotechnician
Average starting salaries for a geotechnician are between £17,000 and £20,000 rising to £31,000 for those who are highly experienced.
You might also be interested in the role of geoscientist. A geoscientist studies the Earth’s structure and formation, and analyses rocks to explore the natural mineral and energy resources within.
Wordage: Seismic means relating to earthquakes or other vibrations on the earth and its crust.