Common careers include:
Geoscience professionals are involved in geological and
geophysical work, requiring an applied knowledge in geology,
chemistry, physics and math to:
- Locate, evaluate and economically
develop and/or produce mineral, geothermal, and oil and gas
- Investigate, measure and map seismic,
gravitational, electrical, thermal and magnetic forces impacting
- Study, analyze and interpret data
relating to seismic forces and other earth processes.
These activities relate to both onshore and offshore exploration
and production activities.
If you have the following skills, interests and abilities, a
career as a geoscience professional might be for you:
- Understands the detail of physical
surroundings, the Earth and its composition.
- Good at math and science.
- Have an inquiring and analytical
- Good at solving complex scientific
- Understands scientific principles
quickly and easily.
- Able to work with sophisticated
computer programs for analyzing data.
- Likes to work in teams.
Requirements usually include a university undergraduate degree
in geology or geophysics and in some cases, physics or math. Most
jobs require a professional designation and provincial licensing
procedures will vary.
Here are a few helpful links for more information on
professional licensing bodies in different provinces.
Licensing is generally transferable between provinces.
Entry-level positions in this occupation begin at the junior or
associate level, with opportunities to advance into supervisory or
management roles (leading individuals or teams) or higher technical
specializations. Other specialized roles may require a combination
of work experience and post-graduate training.
Many jobs in the geosciences involve analyzing data or samples
and are based primarily in an office environment. Travel and
possible relocation may be required to areas that are to be
Safety-sensitive positions have strict requirements related to
being drug and alcohol free.
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