Profession geophysicist

Geophysicists study the physical characteristics of the earth and apply physical measurements to geological situations. Geophysicists use the principles of gravity, seismicity and electromagnetics to identify the structure and composition of the earth.

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Personality Type


  • Physics

    The natural science involving the study of matter, motion, energy, force and related notions.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • Seismic measurement techniques

    Variety of seismic measurement and data-processing techniques. Seismic mapping in two or three dimensions. 


  • Operate seismic equipment

    Move seismic equipment to different locations; utilise seismometers; observe recording equipment in order to detect anomalies and irregularities; process and interpret seismic data both in 2D as in 3D.

  • Provide geophysical support

    Offer a wide variety in geophysical support; provide guidance and give specific technical advice.

  • Document seismic research

    Compose documents and work logs, compile charts and reports.

  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Engineer seismic equipment

    Develop, try out, adjust and repair seismic equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform gravity measurements address problems critically archaeology assess potential gas yield perform electromagnetic geophysical measurements electronics electrical engineering measure reservoir volumes perform electrical geophysical measurements assess potential oil yield

Source: Sisyphus ODB