234412 Geophysicist

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Studies the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locates minerals, petroleum or ground water, and detects, monitors and forecasts seismic, magnetic, electrical, geothermal and oceanographic activity.
Skill Level: 1

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2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

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Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists
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GEOLOGISTS, GEOPHYSICISTS AND HYDROGEOLOGISTS study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and ground water, and detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, thermal and oceanographic activity.
Geographers are excluded from this unit group. Geographers are included in Unit Group 2724 Social Professionals.
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Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and other mineral scientists and engineers
preparing and supervising the production of laboratory reports and scientific papers
conducting studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth's crust and the minerals contained in it
studying and dating fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, and to assess their commercial applications
studying the effects of natural events, such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity, on the formation of the earth's surface and sea beds
carrying out exploration to determine the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques
conducting surveys of variations in the earth's gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features
investigating the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth's mantle and crust
studying the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth's crust
performing laboratory and field studies, and aerial, ground and drill hole surveys

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
2 740.00
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
2 436.20
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
2 668.50