What does a Geophysicist do?
Geophysicists are specialized scientists who study the earth's physical properties; they often do field and lab work for private companies within the engineering and oil industries or governmental geological survey and sometimes for environmental protection groups. They are the scientists who apply their knowledge of the earth to help further a company’s objectives.
Geophysicists study the earth using its gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods. Geophysicists use their methods to find natural resources including oil, iron, copper, and other minerals. Some geophysicists evaluate the earth's properties for environmental hazards while others evaluate areas for building projects including dams and construction sites. Geophysicists working in the mining and oil industries play a crucial role in the acquisition of natural resources. Sometimes environmental agencies employ them to identify and remedy specific threats to the environment. Geophysicists need a bachelor’s, or a master's degree with an emphasis on math, physics, and geology. They need computer skills particularly pertaining to mapping, modeling, and GIS/GPS alongside related fieldwork experience.
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Geophysicist Career Path
Learn how to become a Geophysicist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
“No career development and training given”
“Nice Place To Work and develop”
“Career progression is not clearly visible”
“gossipy nature not great pay”
“good work to life balance”
“Good way to support clients”
“Lacks formal career paths for promotions”
“It is a good academy to enter the market”
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Geophysicist
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- Project Manager
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