What does a Geologist do?

As a Geologist you will lead projects involving local and regional environmental studies and remediation efforts. You may work individually or as part of a multidisciplinary team. You will work in a lab environment as in the field in all types of terrain and weather conditions.

The ideal candidate will have a master's degree in geology or a related field and hold a license as required by the state. You need a minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar role and proficiency in using statistics in technical writing with hands-on experience in conducting environment studies are invited to apply. You must be willing to travel up to 60% of the time and have excellent presentation skills.

What responsibilities are common for Geologist jobs?
  • Conduct environmental studies and prepare environmental reports
  • Provide presentations of findings to audiences from diverse backgrounds
  • Use a computer and other tools to capture geological findings
  • Use statistical software packages to analyze data
  • Travel to local, regional, national and international locations to conduct research
  • Plan and supervise field studies
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment, per protocols
  • Take safety training courses
What are the typical qualifications for Geologist jobs?
  • Master's degree in geology or a related field, preferred
  • License as required by the state
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role
  • Experience in conducting environmental assessments
  • Proficiency in statistics
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Proficiency with a computer and other tools
  • Ability to work well with a multidisciplinary team
  • Must be willing to travel up to 60% of the time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Geologist make?

Geologist Career Path

Learn how to become a Geologist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Senior Geologist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Geologist Insights

Read what Geologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Cardinal Resources (Australia)
Project Geologist
Nov 17, 2022

“Good teamwork Great learning curve to kick start my career Learnt a loot from the team”

Tonkin & TaylorTonkin & Taylor
Engineering Geologist
Oct 28, 2022

“If you put in the effort to learn/upskill you will get great support and really advance your career rapidly.”

Senior Geologist
Apr 12, 2022

“It was a terrible transition and I had another opportunity so I decided to leave.”

Dec 22, 2021

“Hire entry level with little to no experience (I was hired right out of college).”

Tolunay-Wong EngineersTolunay-Wong Engineers
Oct 11, 2021

“Raises are essentially distributed to get each member of the department closer to everyone having the same wage.”

Coast Mountain Geological
Exploration Geologist
Aug 23, 2023

“There is lots of opportunity for additional responsibility for high performing individuals and it's a great place to develop your career.”

Reservoir GroupReservoir Group
Field Geologist
Aug 5, 2021

“Decent pay and good per diem”

Core LaboratoriesCore Laboratories
Oct 2, 2022

“The pay was terrible and overworked.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Geologist

When working as a Geologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Effective Communication, Active Directory, Azure IaaS, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite.

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The most common qualifications to become a Geologist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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