Geologist/Geophysicist

Geologists/Geophysicists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and ground water, and detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, thermal and oceanographic activity.

Personal requirements of Geologist/Geophysicist may include:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Attention to detail
  • High level report writing capabilities
  • Excellent maths and science

Geologists/Geophysicists may complete the following tasks:

  • Conduct preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and other mineral scientists and engineers
  • Prepare and supervise the production of laboratory reports and scientific papers
  • conducting studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth's crust and the minerals contained in it
  • Study and date fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, and to assess their commercial applications
  • Study the effects of natural events, such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity, on the formation of the earth's surface and sea beds
  • Carry out exploration to determine the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques
  • Conduct surveys of variations in the earth's gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features
  • Investigate the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth's mantle and crust
  • Study the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth's crust
  • Perform laboratory and field studies, and aerial, ground and drill hole surveys

A Higher Education qualification in Science is required for this career.