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Job Description

A Geologist will study the earth processes such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, landslides etc.  They will also look into finding new sources and maximising existing sources of oil, natural gas, water and methods of how to extract these. Overall geology is concerned with the changes of the earth over time including climate change and land formations.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a degree in a relevant subject like:

  • Earth science
  • environmental geology
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • geoscience

Some employers may expect you to have, or be working towards, a postgraduate qualification like an MSc, MGeol, MSci or PhD.

The Geological Society has more information on becoming a geoscientist.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress towards a consultant position, or move into teaching or management. 

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Cartographer
  • Geotechnician
  • Land surveyor
  • Meteorologist
  • Minerals surveyor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A keen interest in geology and the environment,
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills
  • A flexible approach to work
  • Good presentation abilities

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £25,000

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