Geologist

Study the composition and structure of the earth to locate minerals and materials and advise on their extraction, and the environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Geologist

Geologists:

  • explore specific areas of the earth to work out its structure and the types of rocks or minerals that exist
  • study rock cores, cuttings and samples
  • study geostatistics and sampling theory
  • study fossilised life forms and date rock strata
  • study the nature and effects of natural events such as erosion, sedimentation, glaciation, earthquakes and volcanic hazards
  • locate and manage groundwater resources, investigate groundwater contamination and land salinity; undertake geochemical sampling of stream sediment and soils
  • undertake ground magnetic and gravity surveys
  • examine geological specimens in laboratories
  • assist in determining the economic viability of extracting earth resources
  • advise on the geological suitability of sites for structures such as tunnels, roads, coastal installations, bridges and water supply schemes
  • contribute information about land use, planning and rehabilitation, and the effects of pollution on seabeds to environmental assessments
  • prepare geological models to describe processes and predict future situations
  • prepare geological reports and maps

As a geologist, you could work for mining and petroleum companies; engineering and environmental consultancy firms; geological survey organisations; and state, territory and federal government departments. You could also be employed as an industry analyst and/or advise on the economic viability of particular mining projects. Geologists may progress to exploration managers and even company managers or directors.

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Undergraduate Courses To Become

Geologist

Required major/s to pursue this career

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Geologist

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Geologist

Coursework courses to pursue this career

Professional membership

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

Postgraduate study is not necessarily required for entry to this profession but will be helpful for career advancement.

Relevant postgraduate courses include:
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Geologist

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