Geotechnicians work with geoscientists to collect and analyse data from soil, rocks and water.

What does a geotechnician do?

Geotechnicians offer support to professional geoscientists by preparing samples for testing, analysing the chemical make-up and physical properties of samples, servicing and maintaining laboratory equipment, and interpreting data.

What do I need to do to become a geotechnician?

You will need to enjoy working with figures, and be able to make sense of complex information. A foundation degree, HND or degree may be required to get into this career. Science and maths-based subjects, such as geoscience, geology, chemistry, environmental science, or maths, will be most useful.  

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Patience
  • Problem solving
  • Technical ability
  • Time management

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (grades A*-C)
  • Two A levels, including maths and sciences

Vocational route

  • Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science

Related subjects

  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Physics

Desirable qualifications

  • A foundation degree, HND or degree

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You may be working within the oil and gas sector, or for engineering and water companies. Two of the largest employers of geoscientists and technical staff in the UK are the British Geological Survey, who are part of the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Environment Agency. 

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