What they do

Geologists examine and record the structure and make-up of the earth and associated materials, such as rocks and fossils. Their tasks include studying samples of earth or rock core to measure the effect of soil erosion, and preparing reports on their findings for relevant government or scientific bodies. Geologists may also work for one of the many mining companies that search for precious materials all over the State.

Working conditions

Geologists work in a wide range of settings, depending on their specialisation. Exposure to the elements is an important part of a geologist's fieldwork, as is the possibility of working in remote and isolated locations. In Western Australia, geologists might conduct research in areas as diverse as rivers, along the coastline, in mine sites and the outback.

Tools and technologies

Equipment and technology used by geologists during the course of their fieldwork or in laboratories may include microscopes, GIS mapping software, compasses, picks, and rock hammers. Safety clothing such as helmets, protective glasses and steel capped boots need to be worn in most locations, particularly those involving rocky or dusty terrain.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a geologist, you usually need to study a degree in science, majoring in geology or geoscience. You may need to complete further postgraduate study to specialise in geoscience.

Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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