What does a Geophysicist do?

Geophysicists are specialized scientists who study the earth's physical properties; they often do field and lab work for private companies within the engineering and oil industries or governmental geological survey and sometimes for environmental protection groups. They are the scientists who apply their knowledge of the earth to help further a company’s objectives.

Geophysicists study the earth using its gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods. Geophysicists use their methods to find natural resources including oil, iron, copper, and other minerals. Some geophysicists evaluate the earth's properties for environmental hazards while others evaluate areas for building projects including dams and construction sites. Geophysicists working in the mining and oil industries play a crucial role in the acquisition of natural resources. Sometimes environmental agencies employ them to identify and remedy specific threats to the environment. Geophysicists need a bachelor’s, or a master's degree with an emphasis on math, physics, and geology. They need computer skills particularly pertaining to mapping, modeling, and GIS/GPS alongside related fieldwork experience.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Geophysicist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$101,365 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$61K
Median: $101K
$169K
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Geophysicist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
6%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
7%
8+
48%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Geophysicist Insights

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DUGDUG
Geophysicist
Jun 26, 2020

“4. poor retention rate which means not enough experienced people to get stuff done right.”

ShellShell
Geophysicist
May 28, 2021

“There is very little job stability and limited career development”

EquinorEquinor
Research Geophysicist
Mar 21, 2020

“Good work and life balance”

Energi Mega PersadaEnergi Mega Persada
Geophysicist
Jan 17, 2022

“Nice Place To Work and develop”

WesternGecoWesternGeco
Geophysicist
Jan 1, 2021

“Well paid and good bonuses”

DUGDUG
Junior Geophysicist
Nov 11, 2020

“Progressive career development and many room for growth”

Onyx Engineering (Malaysia)
Geophysicist
Mar 29, 2022

“No career development and training given”

BPBP
Geophysicist
Jun 3, 2020

“If you get a bad boss don't expect that your concerns will be heard quickly.”

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