Saturday, August 8, 2009

Becoming a Geologists

Would you like to work as a Geologist? Is this the jobs that require travel?

Yes, in addition to discipline and independence, an enthusiasm for travel is one of the many characters of a geologist. Your studies will certainly take you out on field trips – from places of geological interest in your backyard to remote locations all over the world. Since geology is an applied science, practical field experience is required in your career. Most geologists spend time out in the field early on in their careers.

The biggest employers of geologists are the petrochemical industries, oil and gas. Most of these jobs are usually on an agreement basis which requires that you renew your contract every couple years or so. Other industries that hire geologists include the mining, quarrying, and engineering industries.

Even though some employers offer specific preparation to their geologists to better suit their line of business, having some technical skills to enhance your skill will definitely make you more desirable in the workplace.

Geologists may specialise in sectors such as:

• Civil Engineering - assessing the consequence of ground conditions on the structure of buildings, roads and bridges, and advising on how to avoid or ease problems caused by subsidence, landslides and earthquakes.

• Oil Exploration – it’s about producing geological maps, selecting sites for surveys and production, advising on drilling operations and collecting and analysing samples from drilling.

• Environmental Geology – jobs involves on sites for litter disposal, contaminated land and erosion.

• Mining and Quarrying - giving an advice on exploration, production and future developments, including restoring sites afterwards using information from surveys and underground geological features.

• Water Industry – jobs involves on the effects of geological structures, pollution and mines on underground water.

Common work required (Example only)

• Supervise and be responsible for packing, shipping and labeling of geological data.
• Geological management during drilling.
• Recording and estimation of lithology, hydrocarbon shows and other geological parameters during drilling.
• Communication and reporting of geology related data onshore/offshore.
• Wellsite quality control, interpretation and reporting of geological data, including wire line and LWD logs.
• Completing Final Well Report and Completion Logs offshore.
• Other geology related tasks as required from time to time.

Responsibilities (example for Engineering Geologist)

i) Embark on technical work associated with geotechnical research of engineering assets, including:

• preparing soil investigation contracts and specifications, and
• link with clients and sub contractors to instigate investigations
• logging and sampling in top soil and rock
• scoping and planning soil investigations
• slope firmness assessments
• supervision of sub contractors in the playing field
• laboratory test scheduling
• accurate and interpretive reporting
• verification of soil conditions through the construction segment

ii) Work within a multi-disciplinary team comprising structural and civil, hydraulic, geotechnical and environmental engineers

iii) Generally supporting project teams in achieving stated goals; and

iv) Participating in workgroup initiatives including business development and technical activities

Common Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree is sufficient for a few entry-level positions, but most geoscientists need at least a master's degree in general geology or earth science. A master's degree also is the minimum educational prerequisite for most entry-level research positions in private industry, Federal agencies, and State geological surveys. A Ph.D. degree is necessary for most high-level study and college teaching positions.

Common Skills and Abilities

You need excellent special attentiveness and the practical skills required to use advance instruments, together with good IT skills. You would sometimes work alone and sometimes as part of a team; you would need to be in shape and healthy, since you could be working in physically challenging environments anywhere in the world. Any color blindness could be a serious problem. Good communication skills would be crucial for writing reports, making presentations and participating in discussion with professional colleagues.


Some company requires experiences. Minimum 1 to 2 years in your specialized field.

Terms of Employment

Permanent, Contract or Part Time

Your salary as a Geologist?

With advanced degrees, practical experience, and in certain industries such as oil and gas, geologists can ascend into the six figure earning range. However your salary usually could be around $35,000 annually. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2008-09 Edition (, geologists can earn from $38,000 to $135,000 per year, but this generally requires that you specialize.

How to Apply The Job?

Usually through e-mail and apply with full resume/CV, a photo image and the names of 2 referees.

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John Smith said...

Well, travel jobs could be exciting and fun career to have as it takes you to places that you would love to visit, but, not all the time. there can places that you can be assigned to that are so isolated it would be really lonely or something

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