• Geoscience Professionals
  • Geophysicist
  • NOC #2113


Job Overview

You’re the math-centric member of geoscientists who study the physics of the earth. In the energy industry, you work hand in hand with geologists, geochemists and engineers to conduct drilling, mining or environmental programs. You study the structure, the composition and processes of the earth to locate, identify and extract oil and natural gas, minerals and groundwater. A geologist might focus on geochemistry or the properties of the earth below the surface. Your focus is in calculating things like magnetics, resistivity, gravity and velocity of sound waves.

Geophysicists typically work in exploration and research. They apply their knowledge of earth sciences and expertise in physical measurements of the earth’s properties to enhance geological interpretations. Responsibilities vary with level of expertise, but in general they include planning, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic and other geophysical data.

Geophysicists use many remote sensing methods to study the earth’s structure including gravity, magnetic, electrical and seismic methods. They apply different methods depending on existing data, the type of target they’re searching for, and the terrain which can range from land to the ocean floor.

Geophysicists may specialize in areas such as petroleum exploration and development, environmental, archeological and earthquake seismology, earth physics and geodesy. Within petroleum exploration and development, geophysicists typically focus on acquisition, processing or interpretation.

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