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Other names for Geologist:

  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Field Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geological Auditor
  • Geological Oceanographer
  • Geological Planner
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Marine Geologist
  • Mine Geologist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Petrologist
  • Structural Geologist
  • Volcanologist



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What is a Geologist?

A Geologist is passionate about the structure, physical characteristics and composition of the earth. Their studies are used in:

  • mineral exploration (mining)
  • civil engineering
  • environmental protection
  • earth rehabilitation programmes (after mining etc)

Some Geologists may specialise (for example):

  • Geochemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Glaciology
  • Hydrology
  • Tectonics
  • Volcanology etc

What does a Geologist do?

  • often works in remote places
  • studies composition and structures of earth’s crust
  • examines rocks, minerals etc
  • attempts to locate oil, gas, mineral deposits etc
  • uses high tech measuring equipment
  • assists engineers with information regarding land to be used for dams, road, tunnesl etc
  • prepares reports, charts and diagrams etc

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in the earth and how it made up?
  • interested in science?
  • interested in working mostly outdoors?
  • observant?
  • reliable?
  • inquisitive?
  • willing to work in, sometimes, remote places?
  • willing to work in all weather conditions?

How do I become a Geologist?

You will need to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • North West University
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KZN
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of SA (UNISA)
  • University of Free State
  • University of Western Cape
  • University of Witwatersrand


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