Marine Geologist

And How to be One

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Salary Range, the Hours, and Current Employment Trends

The mean of what a marine geologist works is about $72,700 ($34.95 hourly). The average number of hours they'll work is about 8-10 in the office and 12-15 in the field. Number of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers employed in 2006: 31,000

Required Skills & Education

Education Requirements:

  • Costal & Marine Science
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Geological Science
  • Marine & Environmental Geology


Skill Requirements:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Submersibles

Task and/or Duties

  • Analyze and interpret geological, geochemical, and geophysical information from sources such as survey data, well logs, etc.
  • Plan and conduct geological, geochemical, and geophysical field studies and surveys.
  • Investigate the composition, structure, and history of the Earth's crust through the collection, examination, measurement, and classification of soils, minerals, rocks, and fossil remains.
  • Locate and estimate probable natural gas, oil, and mineral ore deposits and underground water resources, using aerial photographs, charts, and research and survey results.
  • Conduct geological and geophysical studies to provide information for use in regional development, site selection, and the development of public works projects.
  • Measure characteristics of the Earth, such as gravity and magnetic fields, using equipment such as seismographs, gravimeters, torsion balances, and magnetometers.

Working Conditions

A trained marine geologist will work in both a office and the field. While working in the field (bodies of water and/or on a ship), they'll need to be a strong swimmer if working in a body of water.