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Working As A Geologist

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Processing Information
  • $111,456

    Average Salary

What Does A Geologist Do

Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.

Duties

Geoscientists typically do the following:

  • Plan and carry out field studies, in which they visit locations to collect samples and conduct surveys
  • Analyze aerial photographs, well logs (detailed records of geologic formations found during drilling), rock samples, and other data sources to locate deposits of natural resources and estimate their size
  • Conduct laboratory tests on samples collected in the field
  • Make geologic maps and charts
  • Prepare written scientific reports
  • Present their findings to clients, colleagues, and other interested parties
  • Review reports and research done by other scientists

Geoscientists use a wide variety of tools, both simple and complex. During a typical day in the field, they may use a hammer and chisel to collect rock samples and then use ground-penetrating radar equipment to search for oil or minerals. In laboratories, they may use x rays and electron microscopes to determine the chemical and physical composition of rock samples. They may also use remote sensing equipment to collect data, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and modeling software to analyze the data collected.

Geoscientists often supervise the work of technicians and coordinate work with other scientists, both in the field and in the lab.

Many geoscientists are involved in the search for and development of natural resources, such as petroleum. Others work in environmental protection and preservation, and are involved in projects to clean up and reclaim land. Some specialize in a particular aspect of the Earth, such as its oceans.

The following are examples of types of geoscientists:

Engineering geologists apply geologic principles to civil and environmental engineering. They offer advice on major construction projects and help with other projects, such as environmental cleanup and reducing natural hazards.

Geologists study the materials, processes, and history of the Earth. They investigate how rocks were formed and what has happened to them since their formation. There are subgroups of geologists as well, such as stratigraphers, who study stratified rock, and mineralogists, who study the structure and composition of minerals.

Geochemists use physical and organic chemistry to study the composition of elements found in ground water, such as water from wells or aquifers, and of earth materials, such as rocks and sediment.

Geophysicists use the principles of physics to learn about the Earth’s surface and interior. They also study the properties of Earth’s magnetic, electric, and gravitational fields.

Oceanographers study the motion and circulation of ocean waters; the physical and chemical properties of the oceans; and how these properties affect coastal areas, climate, and weather.

Paleontologists study fossils found in geological formations in order to trace the evolution of plant and animal life and the geologic history of the Earth.

Petroleum geologists explore the Earth for oil and gas deposits. They analyze geological information to identify sites that should be explored. They collect rock and sediment samples from sites through drilling and other methods and test the samples for the presence of oil and gas. They also estimate the size of oil and gas deposits and work to develop sites to extract oil and gas.

Seismologists study earthquakes and related phenomena, such as tsunamis. They use seismographs and other instruments to collect data on these events.

For a more extensive list of geoscientist specialties, visit the American Geosciences Institute.

People with a geoscience background may become postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Geologist

Geoscientists typically need at least a bachelor’s degree for most entry-level positions. In several states, geoscientists may need a license to offer their services to the public.

Education

Geoscientists need at least a bachelor’s degree for most entry-level positions. However, some workers begin their careers as geoscientists with a master’s degree. A Ph.D. is necessary for most basic research and college teaching positions.

A degree in geoscience is preferred by employers, although a degree in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, or computer science usually is accepted if it includes coursework in geology.

Most geoscience programs include geology courses in mineralogy, petrology, and structural geology, which are important for all geoscientists. In addition to classes in geology, most programs require students to take courses in other physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. Some programs include training on specific software packages that will be useful to those seeking a career as a geoscientist.

Computer knowledge is essential for geoscientists. Students who have experience with computer modeling, data analysis, and digital mapping will be the most prepared to enter the job market.

Many employers seek applicants who have gained field and laboratory experience while pursuing a degree. Summer field camp programs offer students the opportunity to work closely with professors and apply their classroom knowledge in the field. Students can gain valuable experience in data collection and geologic mapping.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Geoscientists write reports and research papers. They must be able to present their findings clearly to clients or professionals who do not have a background in geoscience.

Critical-thinking skills. Geoscientists base their findings on sound observation and careful evaluation of data.

Interpersonal skills. Most geoscientists work as part of a team with engineers, technicians, and other scientists.

Outdoor skills. Geoscientists may spend significant amounts of time outdoors. Familiarity with camping skills, general comfort being outside for long periods, and specific skills such as boat handling or even being able to pilot an aircraft could prove useful for geoscientists.

Physical stamina. Geoscientists may need to hike to remote locations while carrying testing and sampling equipment when they conduct fieldwork.

Problem-solving skills. Geoscientists work on complex projects filled with challenges. Evaluating statistical data and other forms of information in order to make judgments and inform the actions of other workers requires a special ability to perceive and address problems.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require geoscientists to obtain a license to practice. Requirements vary by state but typically include minimum education and experience requirements and a passing score on an exam.

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Geologist Career Paths

Geologist
Field Engineer Project Engineer Project Controls Engineer
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Security Officer Security Director
Director Of Public Safety
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Quality Assurance Lead Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Director Of Systems Integration
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Scientist Environmental Engineer
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Environmental Scientist
Environmental Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager And Consultant Internal Audit Manager
Internal Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Geologist Senior Project Manager Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Engineer Mine Engineer
Mining Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Scientist Scientist Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hydrogeologist
Senior Hydrogeologist
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Service Manager
Senior Service Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Supervisor General Foreman Mechanical Superintendent
Task Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Geologist Demographics

Gender

Male

76.1%

Female

21.8%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

5.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.7%

French

10.0%

German

6.7%

Russian

4.7%

Dakota

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Greek

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Korean

1.3%

Indonesian

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Czech

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Amharic

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Turkish

0.7%

Cheyenne

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Lithuanian

0.7%
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Geologist Education

Schools

Oklahoma State University

7.7%

University of Houston

7.3%

Colorado School of Mines

6.9%

Texas A&M University

6.5%

West Virginia University

5.9%

University of Wyoming

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

5.3%

University of Idaho

5.1%

University of Montana

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.3%

University of Oklahoma

4.1%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.7%

University of Texas at El Paso

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.7%

Western Michigan University

3.7%

Western Washington University

3.5%
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Majors

Geology

80.4%

Geological Engineering

4.4%

Environmental Science

2.5%

Business

1.9%

Geography

1.5%

Petroleum Engineering

1.1%

Mining Engineering

0.9%

Civil Engineering

0.9%

Management

0.8%

Chemistry

0.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.7%

Education

0.6%

Elementary Education

0.6%

Computer Science

0.5%

Biology

0.5%

Project Management

0.5%

History

0.4%

Engineering

0.4%

Mathematics

0.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.7%

Masters

34.8%

Other

8.1%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

1.6%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.0%
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Real Geologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Geologist Surge Operating LLC Houston, TX Sep 24, 2016 $250,000
Geologist Shell Exploration and Production Company Houston, TX Sep 12, 2015 $198,400
Geologist Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Dec 09, 2016 $169,900
Geologist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $161,800
New Ventures Geologist Murphy Exploration and Production Company Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $158,550
New Ventures Geologist Murphy Exploration & Production Co. Houston, TX Feb 24, 2015 $158,550
Structural Geologist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Mar 21, 2016 $153,800
Structural Geologist Shell Exploration and Production Company Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $153,800
Geologist (Auditor) BP America Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2015 $151,471
Geologist Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Nov 02, 2016 $150,000
Chief Geologist SW Tech Corporation Pasadena, CA Jan 09, 2016 $150,000
Geologist Shell Oil Company Houston, TX May 10, 2015 $143,700
Geologist II Marathon Oil Company Oklahoma City, OK Aug 09, 2016 $142,100
Geologist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $123,600
Geologist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2015 $123,600
Geologist Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Aug 18, 2015 $123,384 -
$131,016
Geologist Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Jul 01, 2015 $123,384 -
$131,016
Geologist Shell Oil Company Houston, TX Dec 21, 2015 $121,400
Geologist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $120,182 -
$183,752
Geologist II Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX Sep 23, 2015 $120,170
Structural Geologist Newmont USA Limited Elko, NV May 09, 2016 $107,120
Geologist Noble Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 08, 2015 $106,000
Geologist Lhoist North America, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Sep 29, 2015 $105,000 -
$130,000
Geologist I Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX Aug 25, 2015 $102,743 -
$116,979
Structural Geologist Newmont USA Limited Elko, NV Oct 03, 2016 $101,837 -
$107,120
Geologist Weatherford International, LLC Oklahoma City, OK Jun 22, 2015 $100,245 -
$110,245
Geologist II Core Laboratories LP Houston, TX Sep 16, 2015 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Geologist

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  1. Geological Reports
  2. Water Samples
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Submit daily geological reports in the required formats, including engineering ASCII / LAS data sets by e-mail.
  • Collected soil and groundwater samples per appropriate methodology.
  • Develop and implement site-specific environmental health and safety plans and serve as site safety officer.
  • Coordinate with mine operations providing underground technical support (interpretation and recognition of geological anomalies & roof control).
  • Collaborated with reservoir and production engineers to increase production from four mature fields undergoing secondary and tertiary phases of oil recovery.

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