A geophysical data processor uses the most modern and sophisticated sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to convert raw geophysical data (usually large volumes of seismic data) into a user-friendly format. The converted data is then analysed by interpreters in order to determine sub-surface geology. Often, this data is used to identify potential oil-bearing rock layers.
Processors work in teams, often on many different projects simultaneously. The processing sequence is tailored to individual projects depending on geology, data acquisition techniques, time and financial constraints.
Frequent client interaction is essential as is the ability to develop expertise in state-of-the-art software.