Private-sector seismic jobs include seismic recording crews, seismic drillers, vibroseis operators, seismic surveyors and data analysts, among others. Many seismic jobs relate to the oil, gas and energy industry and require various occupational duties. Seismic jobs include laborers who set up equipment through engineers who plan seismic surveys and then interpret data after gathering information.
Seismic recording crews set up specialized equipment that interprets sound wave data from underground explosions. Entry-level jobs are called seismic helpers or "jughounds." These positions generally have hourly pay and a lot of heavy lifting. A coordinator ensures the timely distribution and retrieval of equipment and personnel on seismic recording crews. The operator of the recording crew ensures data is properly retrieved.
Seismic drilling jobs typically involve a driller, a person who operates and drives the actual drill rig that explores for oil and gas. The driller is responsible for dynamite placement and safety during the time the rig operates. A driller's assistant loads the dynamite, handles onsite explosives and helps the driller as needed.
Vibroseis, or "vibe," operators run vibroseis machines to create sound waves underneath the surface of the Earth. Vibe operators correctly position their vehicles for data collection. These positions work closely with other members of survey crews to ensure seismic surveys are done correctly.