A job as a geologist means you will be working on raw materials and the earth’s energy resources

Geoscience is essential to the environment due to the fact that all energy resources and raw materials come from the earth. In order to get these resources and make them available for human beings and the world economy, we rely on the expertise of the geoscientist. Within Geoscience there are many different disciplines. Geologists study the crust of the earth, its materials, their origins, composition and the formation of it. It involves examining rocks and mineral deposits several deposits for example coal are reviewed for their value. Fragments of soil, rock, water, minerals and fossils are collected for analysis within the laboratories as well as being preserved for future reference. This type of work does not only involve fieldwork but also includes a lot of laboratory work, testing and analysing, most of the time using the latest computers.

Training and qualifications
Obtaining a first degree [BSc/BA] is a common route for entering into a professional geoscience career and getting a geologist job. This also forms a standard qualification for fellowship within the geological society

In order to get a job as a geologist it would be advisable to be physically active and fit, this is because you are often required to work in difficult climatic conditions as well as underground at certain times. It is required that you are able to work both as team organisers as well as team members. In addition, knowing any foreign languages are also useful, as you may end up woking in different countries around the world.

Starting salary is between £15,500+ to £19,500+, and is increased as you work abroad.

Further career information
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Email: enquiries@bgs.ac.uk

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