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Other names for Seismologist:

  • Geophysical Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Physical Oceanographer


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What is a Seismologist?

A Seismologist is a scientist. They study the internal physical characteristics of the earth. In most cases, they specialise in studying earthquakes!

This includes:

  • tectonic plate movement (earthquakes)
  • geological map making
  • ground water, mineral deposits, etc

Most Seismologists work for petroleum or geophysical companies.

What does a Seismologist do?

  • researches and collects data
  • analyses data
  • makes observations
  • uses high tech seismology equipment
  • takes measurements

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?
  •  work outdoors as well as in a laboratory
  • work unusual hours (earthquakes are spontaneous)

How do I become a Seismologist?


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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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Meteorologist or Marine Biologist

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