Geologists studies the history, composition and structure of our planet Earth. This information is valuable in our understanding of climate change.  

Nature of the job

Geology is a multidisciplinary field. You will need a diversity of skills to succeed with a strong academic background in sciences and mathematics. For example, not only do you have to understand the earth’s processes and natural phenomena but also chart maps and identify the sequence and patterns in which these processes occur.

As a geologist, your area of study may include studying processes such as volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides. This information is useful in guiding community planning for government agencies. You can also be geologist involved in the studying of metals, rocks and minerals to find efficient ways of extraction for industrial purposes or to locate the next oil field or ground water source.  Climate change can be a very controversial point of contention. Geologists also work on the earth’s past climate issues and changes over time to learn about how this can affect us in the future.  

As a geologist, you will need a keen interest in research as expertise in field and laboratory investigations are needed. You will also need to have a good degree of perseverance and be able to work independently. Fieldwork can sometimes be at challenging locations.

Job Description
  • Monitor and study natural rock formations and phenomena
  • Investigate and study methods of extraction of oil, natural gas and water
  • Survey land, conduct environmental site assessments and draw up safe building plans

Career Progress: Junior Geologist/Lecturer > Senior Geologist/Lecturer > Reader/Technical Lead > Professor/Consultant

Related Majors Geology