Sedimentologist

Sedimentologists are geologists that specialize in the study of sediments and sedimentary rock. They study what factors influence the formation of sedimentary rock from the compression of sediment into a solid mass as well as what geologic factors can disrupt this process. The website www.wisegeek.com says that sedimentologists often glean a great deal of information on the history of climate conditions and weather patterns by studying sediments. In addition by studying sand silt and mud they can determine whether a particular location is a good source of coal oil or other natural resources. Sedimentologists work for universities and colleges as well as for private companies and government agencies that are concerned with geology. Some work for city planning offices. Many sedimentologists work as geology consultants because clients may not need a full time sedimentologist but require their expertise for specific projects. In consultancy positions sedimentologists are usually paid by the hour day or at the completion of the project. Working as a consultant usually involves travel to various locations depending on the project for which they are hired. For entry-level positions sedimentologists need a four-year bachelor’s degree in geology or geosciences. However those with a master’s degree will have a broader selection of employment opportunities. Individuals who aspire to academic positions at universities usually need a doctoral degree. According to the website www.salaryexpert.com sedimentologists earn between $51000 and $120500 annually.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $85500
High Salary: $120000
Low Salary: $51000
Tasks: Studies sedimentary rock and geological sediments.
Determines how sedimentary rocks form.
Researches the earth's geologic history.
Assists archaeologists in the study of ancient life forms.
Also Called: Geologist
Mineralogist
Petrologist
Geochemist
Additional Resources: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-sedimentology.htm
http://education-portal.com/articles/Geology_Consultant_Education_Requirements_and_Job_Description.html
http://www.salaryexpert.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Browse.Sedimentologist-salary-data-details&PositionId=33559