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Geologists study the origin, composition and structure of the earth. This could be to locate and help extract materials, to identify geological hazards or to assess ground conditions for development projects. Other terms used include engineering geologist,  geoscientist, geophysicist and hydrogeologist.

The Work

You could be:

You would usually specialise in one industry or area of geology, such as environmental, hydrogeology or energy.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified geologists in the UK tend to be in the range £20,000 to £30,000 a year. With sufficient experience, this can rise up to £50,000 a year, and, depending on the specialism or industry, senior geologists can earn more than £90,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

Jobs are in mining, quarrying, engineering, the oil and gas industry, hydrogeology, universities, the British Geological Survey or other research institutes, or in conservation and museum work.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3460
1.4 %
RISE
2023
3507
  United Kingdom
2018
27795
3.3 %
RISE
2023
28715

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What Does it Take?

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You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website www.futuremorph.org shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

Around a quarter of Geology graduates choose to do further study. Most choose to do vocational MScs such as Petroleum Engineering, Engineering Geology or Geochemistry while others go on to do PhDs.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Tel: 01793 411500
Website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/
Twitter: @NERCscience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NERC-Natural-Environment-Research-Council-904192853026208/

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

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