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Other names for Geophysicist:

  • Geophysical Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Physical Oceanographer
  • Seismologist


What is a Geophysicist?

A Geophysicist is a scientist. They study the physical characteristics of the earth.

They may study:

  • the earth’s crust
  • atmosphere
  • earth’s interior
  • ocean floors, etc

They may specialise in:

  • earthquakes
  • volcanoes
  • weather patterns
  • geomagnetic fields
  • movement of tectonic plates
  • measuring and mapping the earth

What does a Geophysicist do?

  • researches and collects data
  • analyses data
  • makes observations
  • uses high tech equipment
  • takes measurements
  • gives talks and lectures
  • writes reports
  • keeps up to date with info and learning

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in geography and the earth’s surface?
  • interested in research?
  • observant?
  • willing to work anywhere – including remote areas?
  • willing to work in all weather conditions?
  • accurate?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • willing to continue to learn?

How do I become a Geophysicist?


Bachelor’s degree with a major in Geography

Honours in Geography

  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Western Cape
  • University of Zululand


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Is becoming at Geophysicist the right career choice to me?