Mineralogists are a type of geoscientist that concentrate on studying different types of minerals. They study the chemistry crystal structure and physical and optical properties of minerals. Some study how minerals are formed whereas some study how to classify minerals. Still others study where certain minerals are likely to be found and also what uses can be made of various minerals. Many mineralogists analyze minerals to determine whether they can be used more efficiently. Many mineralogists specialize in a certain mineral such as coal. Some mineralogists hold academic positions and conduct research at universities. Others are employed by museums by a state government or the federal government or by private survey companies or mining companies. They often advise mining companies whether it will be worthwhile to acquire mineral rights for a particular geographic location. Most mineralogists spend a great deal of time outdoors in all kinds of climate and weather in order to search for minerals. Once they locate the minerals they taken them to their offices or laboratories to study them in more detail. Mineralogists must be able to make accurate identifications of minerals and they must be competent at conducting chemical analyses to determine their composition. The minimum educational requirement for a mineralogist is a bachelor’s degree usually with a major in a subject related to geology. During the course of their work mineralogists often work with engineers and geologists. According to the website www.ehow.com the median annual salary for mineralogists is approximately $72600.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $72600
High Salary: $82600
Low Salary: $62600
Tasks: Studies minerals.
Determines how specific minerals are formed.
Classifies minerals according to their characteristics.
Analyzes mineral samples for private and public industries.
Also Called: Geoscientist
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