Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

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Indiana Average Salary $60,150.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 325
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 15.17 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Information Gathering
Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Getting Information

Collect geographical or geological field data
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Survey land or properties
Research hydrologic features or processes
Research geographical information using library or internet
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct geological surveys
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Conduct climatological research
Conduct geological research
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Determine effects of pollution
Review maps to determine location or routes
Review engineering data or reports
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Interpret construction, extraction, or mining related information from blueprints or schematics
Conduct atmospheric research
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing codes and specifications
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Conduct historical research
Identify interrelationships among individuals or social groups

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze geological samples
Analyze geological or geographical data
Interpret aerial photographs
Analyze environmental data
Analyze ecosystem data
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Locate natural resources using geospatial or other environmental data
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform geographical or environmental research
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Determine geographic coordinates
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data
Analyze spatial data
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Interpret research or operational data
Forecast weather changes
Calculate ocean tides and currents
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Prepare data for analysis

Thinking Creatively

Develop informational maps or charts
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop complex computer databases
Write research or project grant proposals
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop sustainable industrial or development methods
Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information
Develop new products based on scientific research
Design mining or petroleum extraction system equipment
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Occupational Health and Safety
Security Clearance
Environmental Geology
Groundwater Sampling
Supervisory Skills
Soil Sampling

Related Licensing Requirements

Professional Geologist (18-0000000036)

An applicant for licensure as a Professional Geologist must: Successfully complete at least thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours of course work in geology, culminating in a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Have engaged in professional geological work consisting of some combination of the following: 5 years of teaching geology as a faculty member at the college or university level. 5 years of postdoctoral research in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, or geotechnical engineering at an accredited college or university. 5 years of geological work performed under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a licensed professional geologist. 7 years of professional geological work, with certain educational criteria qualifying towards accumulation of the required number of years of professional geological work. Not have engaged in any unethical conduct. Present 3 letters of reference from persons in a geoscience profession. Achieve passing scores on the Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) examination.

- Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists~Indiana Geological Survey~Indiana University (8128555067)

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