Career outlook for geoscientist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would study the structure of the Earth and investigate mineral and energy resources. You’d do research to find ways to protect people who live in places with volcanoes and earthquakes.
You’d research how the planet was formed and shaped over time.
Depending what kind of project you work on, you would:
- Check if ground is suitable for engineering projects like building dams or tunnels
- Advise on suitable sites for landfill or storage of nuclear waste
- Search for energy resources and minerals like oil and gas
- Search for new water supplies
- Study volcanoes and earthquakes to develop early warning systems for nearby communities
You’d use a range of methods for the investigations including:
- Seismic surveying
- Satellite and aerial imagery
- Electromagnetic measurement
It will be important to have good observation skills. You’d also need to work with a lot of statistical and graphical information.
This is a broad field of work, so you could specialise in:
- Environmental geology
- Natural hazards
- Energy resources
- Mining and extraction
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