A glaciologist is a type of geologist who studies glaciers and ice sheets. Because glaciers are frozen blocks of ice glaciologists must work in very cold and usually remote locations to conduct their research studies. The factors that glaciologists study include glaciers’ ice levels and the ways in which glaciers have formed and in some cases how they have shrunk or partially melted. Glaciologists often take samples of the ice on a glacier and bring it back to a laboratory for further investigation. The ice samples are studied to determine how much a glacier has grown or shrunk in a specific period of time. Another common method that glaciologists use to conduct their research is by analyzing satellite images. Glaciologists study glaciers so they can determine whether global warming or the earth’s gradual climate shift is affecting how fast or slow glaciers melt. The melting of glaciers has a direct impact on the water levels in the oceans which in turn affects people living on or near coastal cities and towns as well as the natural habitats for many of the world’s wild animals. According to glaciologists must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree before they begin working in this field. However it is uncommon for anyone with less than a masters degree to be sent to a field location to conduct research. Glaciologists who have earned a doctorate degree in this field often work in research departments at colleges and universities and can also become professors of glaciology. reports that the salary range for a glaciologist is between $49827 and $117855 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $83841
High Salary: $117855
Low Salary: $49827
Tasks: Works in isolated areas where glaciers exist.
Studies the movement of glaciers and ice sheets.
Determines whether glaciers are growing or shrinking.
Conducts field research.
Also Called: Geologist
Geological Researcher
Professor of Glaciology
Glacier Geologist
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