Geological Laboratory Assistant

Geology Laboratory Technician

Minimum B.Sc. in Geology

Not required

The tasks a Laboratory Assistant, Geological is expected to perform include:

Installing and arranging apparatus and equipment in geological laboratory for conducting tests or experiments on rocks, ores, minerals, etc.

Arranging microscopes and setting necessary equipment for microscopic study of minerals

Cutting sections of rocks and mineral with diamond and special tools, as required

Preparing micro sections of required thickness of rocks or by cutting rocks with special cutting tools and grinding sections over special grinders

Mounting sections on slides for microscopic examinations

Displaying minerals, models, crystals, etc. in museum, giving correct descriptive nomenclatures

Accompanying geology students on excursions and assisting them in collecting minerals, rocks, fossils, etc.

Performing simple chemical tests on rock, minerals, etc. under guidance of geologist and reporting observations to him

Maintaining stores and laboratory equipment

Skilled in maintaining and calibrating all the geological equipment

Knowledge of different rocks, minerals, ores, etc.

Knowledge of the geography and topography of the area to which different minerals belong

Skilled in preparing slides for students

Skilled in cutting the rocks, etc. in required dimensions

Proficient in maintaining all the laboratory equipment and getting it fixed, when necessary

Not applicable



Team player



It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL) and those who have their Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as joint pains, back pain, irritation in the eyes, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 5,000 to INR 20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Mining Sector in India

India has long been recognized as a nation well-endowed with natural mineral resources. India ranked 4th amongst the mineral producer countries, behind China, United States and Russia, on the basis of volume of production, as per the Report on Mineral Production by International Organizing Committee for the World Mining Congress. According to FICCI, India produces as many as 87 minerals, which includes 4 fuel minerals, 10 metallic minerals, 47 non-metallic minerals, 3 atomic minerals and 23 minor minerals (including building and other materials).

Given the availability of mineral wealth in India, the Ministry of Mines, Government of India, has targeted significantly higher share of GDP from mining. It aims to increase share of mining and quarrying in GDP from current 2% of GDP to 5% of GDP over the next 20 years. This requires mining to grow at 10-12% per annum. The future should therefore usher in an era of mineral development with socio-economic development as the focus. This will enable the career of a Laboratory Assistant, Geological to flourish.


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