Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

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Indiana Average Salary $60,150.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 238
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 8.18 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Perform geographical or environmental research
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Determine geographic coordinates
Analyze geological or geographical data
Analyze ecosystem data
Interpret aerial photographs
Analyze geological samples
Locate natural resources using geospatial or other environmental data
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Isolate microorganisms
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Interpret research or operational data
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality

Getting Information

Survey land or properties
Research hydrologic features or processes
Research geographical information using library or internet
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Collect geographical or geological field data
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Conduct geological surveys
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Conduct geological research
Review maps to determine location or routes
Interpret construction, extraction, or mining related information from blueprints or schematics
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing codes and specifications
Review engineering data or reports
Conduct historical research

Thinking Creatively

Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Write research or project grant proposals
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop new products based on scientific research
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Develop sustainable industrial or development methods
Develop informational maps or charts
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment
Design mining or petroleum extraction system equipment
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct geological surveys
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Coordinate cross-disciplinary research programs
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Direct construction of mine shafts or tunnels
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
Supervise scientific or research based personnel

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others

Explain results of statistical analyses using graphs
Present research results to others
Write scholarly or technical research documents
Conduct scientific or research related presentations
Communicate results of environmental research
Recommend further study or action based on research data
Provide expert testimony

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Quality Assurance and Control
Soil Sampling
Preparing Proposals
Report Writing
Data Analysis

Related Licensing Requirements

Professional Geologist (18-0000000036)

An applicant for licensure as a Professional Geologist must: Successfully complete at least thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours of course work in geology, culminating in a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Have engaged in professional geological work consisting of some combination of the following: 5 years of teaching geology as a faculty member at the college or university level. 5 years of postdoctoral research in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, or geotechnical engineering at an accredited college or university. 5 years of geological work performed under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a licensed professional geologist. 7 years of professional geological work, with certain educational criteria qualifying towards accumulation of the required number of years of professional geological work. Not have engaged in any unethical conduct. Present 3 letters of reference from persons in a geoscience profession. Achieve passing scores on the Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) examination.

- Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists~Indiana Geological Survey~Indiana University (8128555067)

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