Occupation Profile for Earth Drillers

Operate a variety of drills--such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic--to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.


$34,500.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
5.4 Average Unemployment Percentage 77.8 Percentage That Completed High School
22,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 17.6 Percentage That Had Some College
23,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 0.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Auger Operator
Blast Hole Driller
Blasting Production Technician
Boring Machine Operator
Churn Drill Operator
Churn Driller
Coal Mine Bore Hole Drill Operator
Core Drill Operator
Core Driller
Core Sampler
Deep Well Contractor
Diamond Driller
Drill Hand
Drill Operator
Drill Runner
Drilling Machine Operator
Drilling Machine Runner
Earth Auger Operator
Earth Boring Machine Operator
Electric Drill Operator
Explosive Bore Hole Driller
Foundation Drill Operator
Hard Rock Drill Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Highwall Drill Operator
Hole Digger Operator
Horizontal Drill Operator
Horizontal Earth Boring Machine Operator
Machine Driller
Mine Equipment Operator
Overburden Drill Operator
Post Hole Digger
Post Hole Digging Machine Operator
Raise Driller
Rock Drill Operator
Shot Core Drill Operator
Test Borer
Test Driller
Tunneling Machine Operator
Wagon Drill Operator
Wagon Driller
Wash Driller
Water Well Driller
Well Digger
Well Drill Operator
Well Driller

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Supplemental — Design well pumping systems.
  • Core — Drive trucks, tractors, or truck-mounted drills to and from work sites.
  • Core — Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
  • Supplemental — Disinfect, reconstruct, and redevelop contaminated wells and water pumping systems, and clean and disinfect new wells in preparation for use.
  • Core — Record drilling progress and geological data.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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