This area provides information about geophysics jobs and various aspects of geophysicists employment.
What is Geophysics?
Geophysicists study the behavior of the physical world at the most basic level, and then seek practical ways to apply new knowledge. Two primary areas of focus are Exploration and Global Geophysics. Exploration Geophysics addresses the search for the earth's resources. Global Geophysics applies the same techniques to study the earth, earthquakes, and magnetic fields.
What is a Geophysicist and what do they do?
Geophysicists study the structure and composition of zones beneath the surface of the earth. They measure seismic activity, gravity, magnetic and electrical fields to obtain this information.
What do qualifications do Geophysicist generally need?
An analytical mind and affinity for technical or engineering work along with good organizing skills are valuable traits for a Geophysicist. A Geophysicist needs to apply physics and mathematics in practical ways. Geophysicists need to be able to work independently and with a team. Some Geophysicists need to work in remote areas.
What areas do Geophysicists cover in their coursework?
This is clearly a science field. Geophysicists study mathematics, physics, geology, natural science, earth science and geography. Good computer skills are essential. A basic undergraduate education in a science or mathematics is a good foundation for Masters and doctorate level studies which are necessary for this area of specialization.
What areas of specialization are available for a Geophysicist?
Geophysicists may specialize in seismology and seismic interpretation, borehole geophysics, mineral exploration, engineering geophysics, environmental or groundwater geophysics. Some will focus on computer processing or software development. They may specialize in aerial sampling and exploration, or monitoring wells. Petroleum engineers, mining engineers, geologists may all have training and education in Geophysics.
What type of tasks do Geophysicists do in their job?
Most work is indoors requiring laboratory work and research. Some Geophysicist work assignments are oriented towards field work in remote areas. Geophysicist may perform these tasks:
collect and process seismic data for petroleum exploration
conduct geophysical surveys to explore for minerals such as gold, base metals, diamonds or coal
design, develop and operate computer systems and software to process and interpret geophysical data sets
plan, conduct and interpret geophysical surveys to locate and estimate quantities of recoverable groundwater reserves
conduct geophysical surveys prior to the construction of major engineering structures such as dams, bridges or roadwork
study earthquakes and earthquake risk
research new methods and instrumentation
develop instrumentation for taking physical measurements
develop mathematical models to interpret geophysical survey results.
What types of companies employ Geophysicists?
Geophysicists may work independently or as a member of a team with other professionals in public or private sectors, industry, commerce, scientific research, or health and education. Geophysicists may work for governmental agencies, universities, petroleum companies, mining industry, or research institutes.