Professional

Mineralologist

Also known as: Geoscientist.

Geoscientists study the nature, composition and structure of the earth to increase scientific knowledge, locate materials and minerals, and advise on the extraction of minerals, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Geoscientists may specialise as a Field/Exploration Geologist, Geochemist/Mineralogist, Geomorphologist, Hydrogeologist/Hydrologist, Mathematical Geologist, Mine Geologist, Palaeontologist, Stratigrapher or a Structural Geologist.

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