1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2112-11 Geologist

Studies physical aspects of the earth to determine its structure and composition, and to locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum or ground water.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • conducts studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth's crust and of the minerals contained in it
  • studies and dates fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, or to assess their commercial applications
  • studies the effects of natural events such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity on the formation of the earth's surface and sea beds
  • examines and analyses geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques
  • interprets remote sensing data to identify geological formations and anomalous areas for prospective exploration
  • determines the economic viability of extracting mineral resources in cooperation with other professionals and the possible impact on the geological environment of development proposals
  • determines the environmental impact of resource extraction proposals
  • interprets research data from laboratory studies or exploration and prepares geological reports and maps
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers
  • supervises the work of technical officers, technicians and survey hands

Specialisations:
Hydrogeologist
Marine Geologist
Palaeontologist

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