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Other names for Seismologist:
- Geophysical Scientist
- Marine Scientist
- Physical Oceanographer
Youtube clip – I want to be a Seismologist
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!
- 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?
- willing to work anywhere – including remote areas?
- willing to work in all weather conditions?
- 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
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
Is becoming a Seismologist the right career choice to me?