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Geophysicist

Aliases: Exploration Geophysicist

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Geophysicist is expected to perform include:

  • Studying seismic, gravitational, electrical, thermal and magnetic phenomena to determine structure and composition of Earth and its environment in space
  • Investigating origin, location and activities of glaciers and volcanoes and characteristics of earthquakes
  • Preparing charts of oceans, taking related measurements concerning shape and movement of E​arth, and acoustic, optical and electrical phenomena in the atmosphere, etc.
  • Using precision instruments such as seismograph, magnetometer, gravitometer, etc.
  • Measuring transmission of vibrations through Earth’s interior, magnetization of different kinds of rocks and pull of gravity using above instruments
  • Applying electromagnetic, magnetic, gravity and seismic tests and other research data to locate petroleum, mineral deposits and other structural features
  • Selecting fixed points on the surface of the Earth for making navigational charts and maps
  • Predicting radio-communication and atmospheric conditions
  • Developing water supply and flood control programmes
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available​
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, postgraduate degree in geophysics

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Skilled in using microscopes, mapping software, compasses, picks and rock hammers or chisels
  • Knowledge of chemical composition, structure and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo
  • Skilled in investigating the composition, structure and history of the Earth's crust through the collection, examination, measurement and classification of soils, minerals, rocks and fossil remains
  • Knowledge of relevant tools and equipment required
  • Knowledge of practical application of engineering science and technology
  • Knowledge of geology, chemistry and hydrology
  • Skilled in detonating explosives underground, and to create seismic waves that can be tracked and used to discover the presence of mineral deposits
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Hard-working
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Universities providing Master's degree in geophysics across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

http://bamu.nic.in/GEO-PHYSICS_web%20site.pdf

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4

Intern → Geophysicist → Senior Geophysicist → Deputy Director of the Department → Director of the Department

The progression is indicative

EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For new entrants - Rs 24,900 to Rs 50,500 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Generally, 0-5 years of experience required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Mining companies
  • Gas exploration companies
  • Cement companies
  • Natural resources companies
  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Civil engineering companies
  • Colleges and universities
KEYWORDS 
  • Geophysicist
  • Exploration Geophysicist
  • Development Geophysicist
  • Resident Geophysicist
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152114.0400Geophysicist
ISCO 20082114 Geologists and Geophysicists
NIC 200872100Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1National Classification of Occupations Division 2
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3http://www.shine.com/jobs/geophysicist-surface/oil-and-natural-gas-corporations-ltd/6113473/
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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