Geochemist

Description

Geochemists explore the Earth’s evolution, its structures, the way it works, and the way its resources are used. They also examine interactions with chemical (air and water) and biological (plant and animal) factors. Geochemists find minerals, water, and oil resources and help companies use them.

Their work improves understanding of hazards like earthquakes and avalanches. They help explain the Ice Ages and discover the truth about dinosaurs. They also play an important role in managing and conserving the environment.

Path to Career

Relevant degree subjects include physical, mathematical and applied sciences and engineering. In particular, the following subjects may increase your chances: geology, geochemistry, geophysics/geotechnology, marine sciences/oceanography, mineral/mining engineering, chemical engineering.

A degree in geology or mineral/mining engineering is usually required for employment in mining and mineral extraction. A postgraduate qualification can be an advantage, especially for helping to gain contacts, but having one does not necessarily guarantee employment. Practical experience in temporary employment may be more beneficial in certain industries, whereas public research bodies generally require a relevant PhD.

Daily Tasks
  • Turning geographic data into maps to solve problems
  • Evaluating geospatial data for quality and accuracy
  • Visiting sites to take land measurements
  • Visualizing spaces in three dimensions
Areas of Expertise
  • Cartography and surveying
  • Map software development
  • Tectonic systems
Schooling NeededBachelor’s or Graduate degree in Geology, Geography, or
Environmental Science
Related CareersGeologist, Geophysicist, Volcanologist, Astrobiologist
Salary$60,000

Mission Control Staff

Andre Anders

Role Models

Dr. David Des Marais