Career in Geologist

Students who choose a career in geologist should be aware of the various aspects of this particular career. The study of earth's history, composition and structure is what geology is all about. You will explore deserts, oceans, mountains, etc. and understand its nature. You will go in to the field, collect samples, analyze it in a laboratory and predict about the nature of earth and its constituents.

If you wish to make a career in geologist, you need to know that your projects will take you to various places and into some of the most inhospitable terrains on earth. As a geologist, you can specialize in any of the following areas:

Mineralogy- As a geologist, you will take soil samples and test it for various minerals. You will estimate the quality and quantity of minerals like coal, calcium, sodium, etc.

Petrology– Students who wish to make a career in geologist (petrology) should know that this branch of geology is very important both for the company you work with and for the country. As a geologist, you will hunt for that elusive black gold (oil). If you hit the jackpot not only you and your company but your country too would reap the benefits of your discovery for generations.

Hydrology- This deals with the study of water resources. As a geologist, you will hunt for underground sources of water and study existing ones. Those who plan to make a career in geologist need to know that branch of geology will have the most direct impact on human beings.

Paleontology- You will hunt for dinosaur bones and other creatures that are now extinct. As a geologist, you will make up scenarios, as to how the earth was when these animals were around and what led to their extinction.

Structural Geology- This involves testing the soil to determine the feasibility of undertaking projects such as dams, bridges, etc.

Geochemistry - This is concerned with the chemistry of earth's materials. For a career in geologist ( geochemistry) you should be aware of the fact that you will use principles of chemistry to research the earth's chemical composition. You will also determine the chemical characteristics of minerals and fossil fuels like coal, gas, oil, etc.

Geophysics-  As a geologist, you will apply principles of physics to research and study earth's gravitation and electro-magnetic field. Marine Geology- As a geologist, you will research and study the ocean bed and ocean-continent interactions.

Seismology- As a geologist, you will study everything about earthquakes - analyse their behaviour and interpret data to forecast earthquakes. 

 For making a career in geologist, you need to have the following qualities:

  • Acute spatial and three dimensional form perceptions 
  • Ability to enjoy exploration and outdoor work
  • Aptitude for accurate details 
  • Good data collection and comparison skills
  • Physical stamina and manual dexterity 

 A career in geologist will be the right career choice for you if you possess all the above qualities and if the information provided is of interest to you.