What is a geologist?
A basic geologist definition is a scientist who studies the earth and its history, resources and “behaviors” (e.g. rock formation).
What does a geologist do on a daily basis?
The day-to-day geologist duties may differ depending on the workplace. For example, geologists may teach at a university or, they might work for an environmental agency. They could also work for a metal production company where they’ll focus on quality control, or an oil production company where they’ll be evaluating well performance. The geologist job duties depend on the requirements of each position.
A general geologist job description would indicate that geologists study materials, analyze geological data, and compose research papers or reports.
Geologist job responsibilities also include:
- Planning geology projects
- Gathering and analyzing geological data
- Studying the earth’s crust and various material
What are the skills needed to be a geologist?
First and foremost, geologists need a degree in Geology or Geoscience. They should also be comfortable with getting their hands dirty – literally – to collect samples and specimens from sites of interest. Other important geologist skills include an aptitude in data analysis and research, as well as savviness in using technological tools, both software and devices (e.g. gravimeters).
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We are looking for a Geologist to analyze geological data and plan our geology-related projects.
In this job, you’ll get to visit sites of interest to study the earth and work on extractions and minings. This means you’ll need excellent organizational and project management skills. You should be comfortable with data and geologic modelling, as well as technological tools. Teamwork and communication skills are also important since you will collaborate with engineers, geophysicists or other scientists.
If you meet the criteria in this job description, and you also have a passion for the earth and its intricacies, we’d like to meet you.
- Plan geology projects (e.g. oil extraction, water pipe construction) and field sampling events
- Survey sites and create logs (e.g. borehole) and maps using GIS
- Gather and analyze geological data
- Coordinate research programs
- Examine the composition of samples and specimens
- Measure and test fossils, rocks, soil, ores and other material with the proper instruments (e.g. X-rays)
- Write reports on findings
- Conduct quality control on the suitability of material (e.g. metals for construction purposes) and inspect projects
- Study sites for developments, formations, hazards, and composition
- Investigate and evaluate natural resource deposits (e.g. oil)
- Consult on various geology-related issues like waste management, resource management, gas extraction techniques and more
- Ensure environmental and other regulations are met in construction and production projects (e.g. oil wells)
Requirements and skills
- Proven experience as a geologist
- Experience with various geological techniques like mining, boring and numerical modeling
- Experience using geology software (e.g. ArcGIS, Rockware) and other data and modeling tools (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, GoCAD)
- Familiarity with environmental regulations
- Good knowledge of the attributes of ores, soil, minerals and other materials
- Ability to handle and analyze data and 3D models
- An analytical mind
- Attention to detail
- Great communication skills (oral and written)
- Organizational and teamwork ability
- Degree in Geology or Geoscience