Test Geologist

Exploration Geologist

Development Geologist

Resident Geologist

Minimum M.Sc. (Geology)

Minimum - 3-9 years of experience in the relevant field

The tasks a Geologist is expected to perform include:

Studying the physical structure of earths crust, its rock formations and fossils to determine earths history, gradual changes and development or to locate minerals and fuels

Conducting exploratory geological survey using special instruments and techniques

Supervising drilling operations in areas of economic mineral deposits

Collecting samples of minerals or rocks, at various depths, for detailed study to determine their formulation and quality and quantity of deposits

Evaluating extent of deposit for commercial exploitation

Undertaking and co-ordinating various activities related to drilling, testing, development and production of minerals

Preparing reports, maps and diagrams showing out crops of rocks and ore bodies and their various geological structures

Advising on suitability of soils and rocks for construction of dams, tunnels, roads, buildings, etc., and on strength of foundation necessary

Rendering advice on problems of underground water reservoirs

Studying natural phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers and mountain building for advancement of knowledge and research on gradual changes and development of earths crust

Combining teaching with research and administrative work when employed by a college or university

Skilled in using microscopes, mapping software, compasses, picks and rock hammers or chisels

Knowledge of chemical composition, structure and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo

Skilled in investigating the composition, structure and history of the Earth's crust through the collection, examination, measurement and classification of soils, minerals, rocks and fossil remains

Knowledge of all the equipment required to conduct an exploratory geological survey

Knowledge of practical application of engineering science and technology

Knowledge of special instruments and techniques such as air survey and air photo mapping and geo-chemical and geophysical prospecting methods to locate deposits of mineral, oil and gas

Not applicable

Good communication and interpersonal skills


Attention to detail







It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL) and those who have their Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 15,000 to INR 25,000 per month

For experienced - INR 50,000 to INR 70,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Education, Training & Research Sector in India

According to IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. India has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world and there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. India's online education market size is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017. The RNCOS report titled, Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018 expects the distance education market in India to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of around 34 per cent during 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Geology presents diverse options with widely varying work and career paths based on area of speciality. They can work as Structural Geologists, Petrologists, Geophysicists, Geochemists, Geographers, Oceanographers, Atmospheric Scientists, Engineering Geologists, Meteorologists, Palaeontologists, Mineralogists, Petroleum Geologists, Soil Scientists, Seismologists, Volcanologists, Geochronologists, etc. A plethora of job opportunities are available in public and private sectors, non-profit organisations and academic institutions. There are a variety of job settings from mining companies, gas exploration, cement industry, natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies and civil engineering firms to job roles of Teacher, Writer, Editor, Museum Curator or Researcher. Therefore, the career as a Geologist has a bright future in India and opportunities are only going to rise in coming time.

Mining companies

Gas exploration companies

Cement companies

Natural resources companies

Environmental consulting companies

Civil engineering companies

Colleges and universities

Cities and towns across India