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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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
6%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
7%
8+
48%

Common Skill Sets

Military Experience
Due Diligence
Datasets
Bioconductor
Machine Learning
Good Time Management
Hadoop
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Geophysicist Seniority Levels

Geologist
19% made the transition
Project Engineer
37% made the transition
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Geophysicist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$113,074 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$77K
Median: $113K
$167K
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