And How to be One
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
- Costal & Marine Science
- Geological Oceanography
- Geological Science
- Marine & Environmental Geology
- Geographic Information Systems
- Computer Systems
- Fluid Dynamics
- Mathematics and Statistics
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.
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.