A Volcanologist

What is a Volcanologist?

A volcanologist is a person who studies volcanoes. They research the formation of volcanoes and their current and past eruptions.

What do you do when you are a Volcanologist?

A volcanologist studies lava, ash, and rock that are produced by the volcanic eruptions. That helps the volcanologist to learn about what happened within the volcano to learn what happens underneath our feet in the Earth's crust. A volcanologist also studies rocks and ash that was formed by volcanoes thousands or millions of years ago. A volcanologist would then be able to map out where exactly the lava once flowed. A volcanologist will study volcanoes to learn things that may help to protect people in the future.

What is the Salary of a Volcanologist?

A volcanologist salary is between 30,000-90,000 dollars. When you first begin this job, your salary for the first couple of years will only be 30,000 dollars, but with more experience and/or seniority you can earn up to 90,000 dollars.

What kind of education would you need to become a Volcanologist?

The kind of education you would need is a Bachelors Degree in Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, and a strong background in Math, Geography, and Science. You will need at least a Masters Degree or a PH.D. Fieldwork and laboratory work in college is helpful.

How does being a volcanologist have to do with the environment?

A volcanologist is very helpful to our life on Earth because if the volcanologist can predict when it is going to erupt then it could save the lives of people and animals. We will also be able to replant the trees that have been crushed by lava. Also, a volcanologist can study the gaseous emissions from the volcano which can impact climate change.

What are the advantages of being a volcanologist?

  • Actually working on volcanoes all day
  • Being able to warn people who live by the volcanoes to evacuate, so they won't die
  • Studying past eruptions and learning from them
  • Traveling all over world

What are the disadvantages of being a volcanologist?

  • The chance of being by the volcano when it is erupting
  • The chance of watching the people who choose not to evacuate suffer or die because they stayed
  • Not making much money the first couple of years
  • As a volcanologist, you will need to study for about 10-13 years to become a qualified and certified volcanologist
  • Living in a tent for 2-3 months
  • Eating native food

What are some interesting facts on being a Volcanologist

  • You would be spending a lot of time in places like Hawaii, Iceland, Alaska, or Italy
  • You would get to go inside the crater of an active volcano
  • Have the chance to figure out if dinosaurs died out because of volcanoes

By:Megan Walkenhorst