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Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and ground water, and detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, thermal and oceanographic activity.

Over the next five years it is anticipated that "new jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020."

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The top five topics, subjects, or knowledge areas that geology, geophysics and hydrology workers rate as most important are:

  1. Mathematics - 85% Important - Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
  2. English Language - 83% Important - English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  3. Physics - 80% Important - Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  4. Geography - 78% Important - Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
  5. Chemistry - 78% Important - Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

Geosciences students at a Yass fieldtrip.

The Top 10 work activities that geology, geophysics and hydrology workers rate as most important are;

  1. Analyzing Data or Information - 97% Important - Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
  2. Getting Information - 94% Important - Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
  3. Interacting With Computers - 90% Important - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  4. Documenting/Recording Information - 88% Important - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  5. Processing Information - 87% Important - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
  6. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - 87% Important - Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
  7. Interpreting Information for Others - 85% Important - Helping people to understand and use information.
  8. Making Decisions and Solving Problems - 84% Important - Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
  9. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - 82% Important - Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
  10. Thinking Creatively - 82% Important - Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

Geology students preparing a Magic Planet workshop for International Science School


Dr Sabin Zahirovic preparing a geology presentation for Science students

The tasks that geology, geophysics and hydrogeology graduates perform are:


  • conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and other mineral scientists and engineers
  • preparing and supervising the production of laboratory reports and scientific papers
  • conducting studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth's crust and the minerals contained in it
  • studying and dating fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, and to assess their commercial applications
  • studying the effects of natural events, such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity, on the formation of the earth's surface and sea beds
  • carrying out exploration to determine the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques
  • conducting surveys of variations in the earth's gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features
  • investigating the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth's mantle and crust
  • studying the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth's crust
  • performing laboratory and field studies, and aerial, ground and drill hole surveys

Source Accessed 29 August, 2017


Geologists at work!


Graduates with Head of School Prof Phil McManus, Dr Eleanor Bruce, Dr Jeff Neilson and Dr Dan Penny