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.
|Areas of Expertise||
|Schooling Needed||Bachelor’s or Graduate degree in Geology, Geography, or|
|Related Careers||Geologist, Geophysicist, Volcanologist, Astrobiologist|