Exploration Geophysicist

Development Geophysicist

Resident Geophysicist

Minimum M.Sc. (Geophysics)

Not required

The tasks a Geophysicist is expected to perform include:

Studying seismic, gravitational, electrical, thermal and magnetic phenomena to determine structure and composition of earth and its environment in space

Investigating origin, location and activities of glaciers and volcanoes and characteristics of earthquakes

Preparing charts of oceans, taking related measurements concerning shape and movement of earth, and acoustic, optical and electrical phenomena in the atmosphere; etc.

Using precision instruments such as seismograph, magnetometer, gravitometer, etc.

Measuring transmission of vibrations through earths interior, magnetization of different kinds of rocks and pull of gravity using above instruments

Applying electromagnetic, magnetic, gravity and seismic tests and other research data to locate petroleum, mineral deposits and other structural features

Selecting fixed points on surface of earth for use in making navigational charts and maps

Predicting radio-communication and atmospheric conditions

Developing water supply and flood control programmes

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 relevant tools and equipment required

Knowledge of practical application of engineering science and technology

Knowledge of geology, chemistry and hydrology

Skilled in detonating explosives underground, to create seismic waves which can be tracked and used to discover the presence of mineral deposits

Not applicable

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Analytical mind

Attention to detail

Hardworking and persuasive


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 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 25,000 to INR 50,000 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% during 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Geology presents diverse options with widely varying work and career paths based on area of speciality. After studying Geology, you 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 organizations 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, a career as a Geophysicist has a bright future in India and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Mining companies

Gas exploration companies

Cement companies

Natural resources companies

Environmental consulting companies

Civil engineering companies

Colleges and universities

Cities and towns across India