Geotechnologists are people who extract natural resources from the earth’s crust. People in this profession generally do scientific research to determine subsurface conditions and locate building materials before building large civil constructions. 

Geotechnologists are broadly trained, and usually, they will specialize in areas such as mining and exploration, geophysics, geohydraulics, or engineering geology. 

Career Details

Mining and exploring geology is where they would work underground to gather information on locating ores or predicting hazardous mining conditions.

Exploration geology is when these employees go searching for new natural resources such as basic metals, fossil fuel, or even groundwater. 

Geophysics is used in many types of geological research, and it is where the earth’s condition is evaluated with sophisticated instruments. 

Geohydrology involves searching for new water resources, finding waste disposal dumps, or evaluating groundwater pollution situations. 

Engineering geology is where geotechnicians are involved in the establishment of large civil constructions such as dams, roads, tunnels, or new townships. On the other hand, geotechnicians also find a building material that is used in large construction projects. 

Choosing this career gives you a lot of options to grow and develop depending on your interests.

Skills required for this career:
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good oral and written communication
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
Study options:
  • National Certificate: Geotechnology
  • Nation Diploma: Geotechnology
  • Large mining companies
  • Research institutes
  • Government departments
  • Educational institutions 
  • Construction and engineering companies