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A Geoscientist 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

To work as a professional Geoscientist you'll need a degree in a relevant subject. Courses often combine theory with fieldwork and practical training. Degree subjects include:

  • geology
  • geoscience
  • geophysics
  • Earth science

It's becoming more common for new entrants to hold or be working towards postgraduate qualifications like an MSc or PhD.

Integrated postgraduate master's qualifications like a MGeol or MSci can be studied at university. These courses include more independent research and are designed to lead directly onto further study like a PhD.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a science, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Career Path and Progression

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

You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status. You can find out more about being a chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment.

Related careers you may be interested in:

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

Required Skills

  • A keen interest in geology and the environment
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills
  • A flexible approach to work
  • Good presentation abilities
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • analytical thinking skills

Salary Range

£22,000 to £75,000

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