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Geophysicist

Study the structure and form of zones beneath the earth’s surface by taking measurements using seismic, gravity, magnetic and electrical data collection methods.

What's it like to be a Geophysicist?

Some Geophysicists, such as Mining and Petroleum Geophysicists spend a lot of time outdoors investigating mineral deposits to evaluate whether they can be mined profitably, while others, such as Research Geophysicists spend most of their time in a lab studying samples and using computer models to make calculations.

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The two main areas of geophysics are exploration geophysics, which deals with the search for the earth's resources, and global geophysics, which studies such phenomena as earthquakes and magnetic fields.

Geophysicists often work in the mining and oil industries, playing an important role in the search for natural resources. Other Geophysicists work with environmental agencies to identify and mitigate threats to the environment.

What can I earn as a Geophysicist?

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Geophysicist roles in Australia were typically advertised between $80k and $120k in the last 2 years.
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How to become a Geophysicist


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To become a Geophysicist you have to complete a bachelor degree and gain experience working in the field pf geophysics.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in science with a major in geophysics, geoscience or a combination of geology and physics.
  2. Gain experience working in the field of geophysics at a mining or environmental organisation. While you could find a job without any experience, employers may prefer candidates with fieldwork experience, so look for opportunities to work while studying. An internship in the field in which you would like to work can be helpful for landing your first job. Alternatively, you might do volunteer work for an environmental organisation or you may gain experience working as an assistant to a geophysicist.

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Latest Geophysicist reviews

Latest reviews from 3 Geophysicists surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
working as a geophysicist and its benefits
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Seismic Data Processing
The good things
it is a good career path for those seeking a geoscience working environment.
The challenges
you need to be focused daily updates for your own area of expertise.
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Aug 2019
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Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Geoscience
The good things
Variety of analytical and field work
The challenges
Interpretation of data is challenging
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