A geologist studies the earth’s crust, minerals, rocks, precious metals and gems, and fossils. Using various equipment such as magnetometers, seismographs and gravimeters, geologists prepare maps and charts, explore minerals, oils and natural gas, as well as locate underground water resources. They also work to ensure proper conservation minerals and other earth matter.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Study characteristics of the earth, rocks or minerals
- Study magnetic fields and composition
- Utilize magnetometers, seismographs and gravimeters
- Prepare maps, charts and publications related to findings
- Plan and execute minerals program activities and tests
- Ensure the proper conservation of minerals and other earth matter
- Explore and recover minerals, metals, oil, natural gas and water deposits
- Investigate geologic hazards or limitations in projects
- Locate water resources underground
- Remain up-to-date on new geological findings and technology
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, chemistry, physics, earth science, biology, natural resources, advanced mathematics and computer skills.
A bachelor’s degree in geology, geosciences, geophysics or a related field is required, but a master’s or doctorate degree is often preferred.