Geophysicists are geoscientists who are concerned with matter and energy and how they interact. They study the physical properties and structure of the earth, from its interior to its upper atmosphere, including land surfaces, subsurfaces, and bodies of water. There are approximately 34,690 geoscientists and 6,880 hydrologists employed in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Quick Facts
Duties Study the physical properties and structure of the earth
Alternate Title(s) Applied Geophysicists, Exploration Geophysicists, Geodesists, Geomagnetists, Geophysical Prospectors, Hydrologists, Marine Geophysicists, Planetologists, Seismologists, Tectonophysicists, Volcanologists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but 30 percent of all geophysicists work in Texas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or co-op experience helpful
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Head Researcher or Party Chief
  • Geophysicist
  • Intermediate Geophysicist
  • Junior Geophysicist
  • Geophysical Aide, Helper, or Trainee

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