Geophysicists study the physical aspects of the earth using techniques that measure its gravity as well as its magnetic seismic and electrical characteristics. According to the website some geophysicists do most of their work outdoors studying and taking measurements of the earth. Others work in laboratories doing computer modeling and mathematical calculations. According to the website geophysicists have educational backgrounds in physics geology and atmospheric sciences. Two areas that geophysicists are commonly identified with are seismology which is the study of earthquakes and volcanology which is the study of volcanoes. However they also study continental drifts atmospheric pressures and sometimes even other planets. Their profession has many practical applications which include working with architects who are designing structures in earthquake-prone areas or working in the private mining oil and natural gas industries to assist in finding deposits of petroleum and minerals. Many geophysicists work for government agencies and some teach in colleges and universities. According to the website geophysicists need to have a bachelor’s degree in geology chemistry mathematics or engineering in order to be hired for an entry-level position. However most research positions and more advanced positions call for at least a master’s degree and college and university positions require a doctoral degree. According to the website the amount geophysicists earn depends on experience the level and type of area in which they work and whether the employer is a private company the government or a university. The median salary for those with some experience is approximately $80.000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $80000
High Salary: $90000
Low Salary: $70000
Tasks: Studies various features of the earth.
Evaluates the earth's properties for environmental hazards.
Studies the internal structure and evolution of the earth.
Examines the size and shape of land masses.
Also Called: Geologist
Earth Scientist
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