Study the structure and composition of zones below the earth's surface by taking measurements using seismic, gravity, magnetic and electrical methods.


As a geophysicist you could find employment with oil and mineral exploration companies, data processing centres, computer software development companies, environmental groups, state government geological survey teams, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, the Australian Bureau of Mineral Resources, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and universities.


  • supervise the collection and processing of seismic data for petroleum exploration and interpret and map prospects on which to drill a well
  • plan, conduct and interpret geophysical surveys in exploring for mineral commodities
  • design, develop and operate computer systems and software for processing and interpreting geophysical data sets
  • plan, conduct and interpret geophysical surveys to locate and estimate quantities of recoverable groundwater reserves, the distribution and extent of salinity in agricultural areas or the extent of pollution in the ground or atmosphere
  • carry out geophysical surveys of areas prior to the construction of major engineering structures
  • study earthquakes and earthquake risk, time variations and the distribution of the earth's magnetic and gravity fields; the physics of rocks and minerals; and fluid dynamics of molten rock (magma), oceans and the atmosphere
  • develop instrumentation such as gravity meters, magnetometers, electrical, electromagnetic and radar transmitters and receivers, seismic recorders and radiometric systems
  • develop mathematical models as an aid to interpreting geophysical survey results

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Professional membership

Graduates may be eligible after a qualifying period for membership of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and/or the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Postgraduate study is recommended for those wishing to pursue a career in geophysics.

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