Geological and geophysical technologists often work in labs and offices. They most often work in either major cities or field offices.
Some technologists spend 3 to 9 months a year working in the field. They may travel long distances, sometimes to remote locations. They may use off-road vehicles, boats, bush planes, and helicopters to get around. They may do a lot of walking.
They may work at locations that require safety measures, such as well sites and plants. Lab work can be noisy, dusty, and involve using chemicals. Safety measures include earplugs and safety shoes. They might work in rooms with special ventilation systems or need to wear respirators.
The job may require a lot of overtime and weekend work.
Technologists may have to lift equipment and samples weighing more than 20 kilograms.