Geoscientists study the Earth's structure and formation, and analyse rocks to explore its natural mineral and energy resources.
There will be
3% more Geoscientist jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You’ll use a range of investigation methods, including drilling, seismic surveying, satellite and aerial imagery, and electromagnetic measurement.
Geoscience is a broad subject. You could specialise in an area like geophysics, environmental geology, natural hazards, energy resources, or mining and extraction.
You’ll use your knowledge and expertise in a number of ways, like:
You’ll need a degree in a relevant subject like:
Some employers may expect you to have, or be working towards, a postgraduate qualification like an MSc, MGeol, MSci or PhD.
The Geological Society has more information on becoming a geoscientist.
Starter salary: £22,000 to £35,000
Experienced salary: £50,000
You may earn a higher salary if you work in remote areas or in the oil and gas industries.
These figures are a guide.
Some jobs involve working 9am to 5pm in an office or laboratory, but you may work longer hours in areas like drilling or testing.
If you’re based on an oil rig, you’ll spend several weeks on an offshore platform.
You could work anywhere in the UK or overseas.
The work can be physically demanding.
With experience, you could progress towards a consultant position, or move into teaching or management.
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