Petrological Slide Examiner

Petrological Slide Tester

The tasks a Slide Examiner, Petrology is expected to perform include:

Examining the slides under polarizing petrological microscope to identify and determine percentage of minerals present in rock

Studying the texture of rock for its identification

Studying the nature, petrogenesis (origin), petrography (identification), paragenesis (age determination), etc. of the sample

Knowledge of different types of rocks

Proficient in operating petrological microscope

Knowledge of different lithological aspects of rocks, minerals and ores, and determining economic possibilities of minerals present in rock using microscope

Adept at preparing suitable charts, tables for recording results of examination

Not applicable


Physically fit

Good analytical skills

Fair judgement

Good hand-eye co-ordination

It is a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from laboratory to laboratory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL), Blind (B), Low Vision (LV) and those who have their Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include exposure to emissions, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, overexertion, strain on the mind, vision-related discomfort, etc.

Will be updated

Overview of the Indian Mining Sector

Indian mining sector is largely fragmented, comprising several small scale operational mines. It is still dominated by the mining industries both public and private, which account for about 75% of the total mining production in India. Although the industry has the large number of employees including contract manpower totalling to about 9.5 lakhs in different trades of mining, the woeful shortage of skilled personnel in various mining trades is widely felt.

The key factors affecting the human resources and skill requirement in the Indian Mining Industry are technology up-gradation, increase in productivity, stringent environment and sustainable development framework, globalization and aging profile of workforce and long gestation period for skill acquisition. Given the estimated increase in the mining output as well as the expected changes in the productivity levels, the total employment in the mining industry is estimated to increase to 11 lakhs by the year 2017 and 12 lakhs by the year 2025. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Slide Examiner, Petrology and other professionals.

Mining companies across India

Mining sites across India

Mining research laboratories across India