How to become a Geologist
Geologists or geoscientists study the Earth’s composition, from its inner core to its outer surface. They explore the evolution of Earth’s structure from its origins to the present day and consider the future based on these findings.
What Does a Geologist do?
Geology has many specialities which means it’s used across several different industries. They may work within construction, mining, environmental planning, or renewable energy depending on their specific sector. Tasks may include surveying suitable land to build dams or tunnels or exploring possible landfill locations to store hazardous material. They may search for natural resources such as oil and gas or mineral extraction site with potential for the mining industry. They may consult on civil engineering projects and on rehabilitation of land sites after mining or industrial use. In some places geologists are needed to monitor seismic and volcanic activity to track possible earthquakes or eruptions.
Geologist uses various investigative methods to analyse sites or samples. They drill, use satellite and aerial imagery, seismic surveying and electromagnetic measurement.
Geologist have a passion for the natural earth. They need a wider understanding of the earth processes and their impact. Geologists observe and note details in a methodical manner and being able to communicate these results clearly is important.
Hours & Conditions:
Working hours depends on the project they are working on. Some require standard hours in an office or laboratory. Other projects may need unusual hours whilst out in the field gathering samples and running tests. If working within the oil or gas industry, time may be spent offshore on a platform requiring several weeks at a time away from home.
If working in the field, it may be highly physical and in uncomfortable climate zones.
How to Become a Geologist: Qualifications
To become a geologist, you would need to complete a degree in science or applied science majoring in geology, geoscience, applied geology, geophysics or earth sciences.
You may be eligible to be part of the Geological Society of Australia, Australian Institute of Geoscientists or the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy after graduating and spending a qualifying period working in the industry.
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