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Geophysicist

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Geophysicists study the physical composition and structure of the Earth, and measure and analyse forces such as earthquakes, magnetism or gravity that affect it. They also look for important minerals, including oil and gas, under the Earth’s surface.

The Work

A geophysicist often works in the broader field of geology, and the work may overlap with that of a geochemist and a geologist. See related article Geologist.

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Pay

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

The starting salaries for geophysicists in postdoctoral research posts are normally in the range £28,000 to £36,000 a year. University lecturers earn up to £50,000 a year. More senior research and teaching staff can earn over £60,000 a year.

In exploration work, new graduate salaries can range from £18,000 to £30,000 a year, depending on the industry you work in. With experience, this can rise to around £45,000. In senior positions the salary can be up to £75,000 and even more in the oil and gas industry. Salaries can be higher abroad.

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Getting In

As a geophysicist you might work for the British Geological Survey, the British Antarctic Survey, oil or gas companies, mining or civil engineering firms. There are some jobs with specialist companies doing seismic surveys. There are also a limited number of jobs in archaeological work.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

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  United Kingdom
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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Geological Survey
Tel: 0115 936 3143
E-mail: enquiries@bgs.ac.uk
Website: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/
Twitter: @BritGeoSurvey
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishGeologicalSurvey

Geological Society
Tel: 020 7434 9944
Website: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk
Website (2): http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @geolsoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geolsoc/

Geologists' Association
Tel: 020 7434 9298
Website: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/
Twitter: @GeolAssoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeolAssoc/

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