What does a Senior Geologist do?

As a Geologist you will lead projects involving local and regional environmental studies and remediation efforts. You may work individually or as part of a multidisciplinary team. You will work in a lab environment as in the field in all types of terrain and weather conditions.

The ideal candidate will have a master's degree in geology or a related field and hold a license as required by the state. You need a minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar role and proficiency in using statistics in technical writing with hands-on experience in conducting environment studies are invited to apply. You must be willing to travel up to 60% of the time and have excellent presentation skills.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Geologist jobs?
  • Conduct environmental studies and prepare environmental reports
  • Provide presentations of findings to audiences from diverse backgrounds
  • Use a computer and other tools to capture geological findings
  • Use statistical software packages to analyze data
  • Travel to local, regional, national and international locations to conduct research
  • Plan and supervise field studies
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment, per protocols
  • Take safety training courses
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Geologist jobs?
  • Master's degree in geology or a related field, preferred
  • License as required by the state
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role
  • Experience in conducting environmental assessments
  • Proficiency in statistics
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Proficiency with a computer and other tools
  • Ability to work well with a multidisciplinary team
  • Must be willing to travel up to 60% of the time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Senior Geologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$134,803 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $135K
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Senior Geologist Career Path

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Senior Geologist
Apr 12, 2022

“It was a terrible transition and I had another opportunity so I decided to leave.”

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Senior Reservoir Geologist
May 29, 2020

“Not nearly as many training/career development opportunities as I had with other large companies earlier in my career.”

Dec 22, 2021

“Hire entry level with little to no experience (I was hired right out of college).”

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Oct 11, 2021

“Raises are essentially distributed to get each member of the department closer to everyone having the same wage.”

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Aug 5, 2021

“Decent pay and good per diem”

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Apr 21, 2021

“This is one of the best Oil and Gas Companies to work for by far.”

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Senior Staff Geologist
Feb 6, 2021

“You are regularly expected to work overtime and with no overtime pay there is no real incentive.”

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Dec 18, 2021

“It is extremely hard to progress your career in oil and gas if you start as a mudlogger.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Senior Geologist

When working as a Senior Geologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Modflow, Excellent Communication, Strong VERBAL, Calculations and Spreadsheets.

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The most common qualifications to become a Senior Geologist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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