Friday 26 December 2014

Ever considered a career in Geology?...

Geologists (sometimes referred to as Geoscientists) study the matter  and the structure of the Earth. They also study the Earth’s history and how it was formed and shaped over time. Geologists also explore the Earth’s natural mineral and energy resources, and analyse rocks to uncover its history.  There are a large variety of disciplines geology may specialise in, including marine geology, pedology, volcanology, metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and geophysics.

A geologist might be involved in:

  • Assessing the ground for building suitability on engineering projects like dam or tunnel building
  • Advising on suitable sites for landfill or storage of nuclear waste
  • Searching for energy resources and minerals such as gas and oil
  • Designing projects to search for new water supplies
  • Studying volcanic and seismic activity to develop early warning systems for communities living close to earthquake zones

To be a geologist, you should have:

  • An interest in the natural world
  • Good scientific and technical skills
  • Good observation skills
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills
  • A methodical approach, including to solving problems
  • A good level of general fitness
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • The ability to work with statistical and graphical information
  • A willingness to travel and be away from home for long periods

Important subjects related to geology include physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science. To do this job you will need a degree in a relevant subject. Some employers may ask for postgraduate qualifications. Higher level courses related to geology include mineralogy, hydrogeology, sedimentology, palaeontology, physical geology and structural geology.

A geologists salary may start at between £22,000 and £35,000 a year. With experience, it could rise to £50,000 or more. Consultant and geoscientists working in remote areas or in the oil and gas industries may earn even higher salaries. (Figures are a guideline only)

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