Job type


£18k - £40k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Geotechnicians collect and analyse geological data from rock, soil and water samples.

More info

  • Collect, analyse and report on samples of rock, soil and water
  • This role often combines lab work, office work and outdoor work
  • Opportunities to progress to become a geoscientist with further study and training

As a geotechnician, you'll analyse rock, soil, and water samples in order to collect data.


  • Preparing rock, soil and water samples for testing
  • Analysing the chemical and physical properties of samples
  • Obtaining and processing geophysical data
  • Logging well and borehole drilling activity
  • Interpreting data from seismic surveys
  • Preparing geological maps, supporting teaching staff in a university
  • Training and supervising staff
  • Producing reports for engineers and scientists


If you're involved in equipment maintenance, you'll work on an out-of-hours rota system. In the lab, you'll wear protective clothing and use safety equipment when carrying out certain tests.

You'll need

To be a geotechnician, you'll need knowledge of geography, engineering science and technology, the ability to pay close attention to detail, maths skills, and excellent verbal communication.

You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree to get into this career. Relevant subjects include geoscience, geology, environmental science, and Earth sciences.

You could do a college course in subjects such as Laboratory Technical Skills, or Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities.

You may be able to start as a junior technician with an organisation and work your way up. A levels in maths and sciences may be required.

Work experience in the field or a laboratory may give you an advantage when applying for courses and jobs.

You can also get recognition of your technical skills by registering with the Science Council as a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).


With experience, you could train as a geoscientist. You could also move into management, or into another sector and become a laboratory technician in a school or college.