Geologists are experts in the structure of soils and rocks and the processes that shaped the Earth. They may specialise in natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides or volcanoes, or in the location of underground resources such as oil, gas and minerals.
There are two closely related job roles:
The greatest increase in demand for geologists and geophysicists is from the private sector, where many work for energy and mining companies or specialise in engineering geology.
Growth in oil exploration in New Zealand and increased interest in developing our large geothermal energy resources has created more demand for people with earth sciences
Geologists also work as researchers in universities and Crown research institutes, especially GNS, which focuses on geological resources, nuclear sciences and natural hazards, and NIWA, the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research.
Pay rates depend on qualifications and experience:
Key qualifications for work as a geologist:
Recommended school subjects:
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