Professional

Mineralologist

Also known as: Geoscientist. It is a sub-branch of Geology & looks at chemistry, crystal structure, & physical (incl. optical) properties of minerals.

Duties

Explore specific areas of the Earth to determine its structure and the types of rocks or minerals that exist.

  • Study rock core, cuttings and samples;
  • Study geostatics and sampling theory;
  • Undertake ground magnetic and gravity surveys;
  • Examine specimens in the lab using optical, x-ray, electron microscopes;
  • Assist in determining the economics of extraction;
  • Advise on geological suitability for structures;
  • Contribute to environmental assessments;
  • Use computers to integrate and interpret data;
  • Prepare mathematical models to describe processes and predict future situations;
  • Prepare geological reports; and
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of field officers.

Skills Required

  • Is interested in technical and engineering work, maths, earth. sciences, chemistry;
  • Likes to think spatially.
  • Can prepare accurate records and reports;
  • Has good oral and written communication skills;
  • Likes to work outdoors in a range of environments which may include remote locations; and
  • Likes problem solving and analytical thinking.

Salary

$70,000 - $130,000