Minimum M.Sc. in Geophysics or M. Tech. in Seismology

Not required

The tasks a Seismologist is expected to perform include:

Investigating phenomena relating to cause and effects of earthquakes

Judging the cause of other seismic activities

Collecting data, using seismographs and other instruments for registering earthquakes

Designing, developing and calibrating seismographic instruments according to degree of sensibility and type of data required

Supervising the selecting of sites and setting of seismoscopes

Collecting and analyzing the data recorded by seismographs to locate epicentre of earthquake, depth of focus, intensity and frequency of impulses, etc.

Processing the data and disseminating the conclusions by issuing bulletins and reports

Conducting the studies at important earthquake sites to determine intensity of earthquake and other seismic phenomena

Locating faults in earth crust structure and preparing detailed of seismic zonal maps

Conducting field studies by evaluating nature of damage through explosive seismology

Evolving suitable seismic design co-efficient for structures like dams and buildings

Locating important faults in earth crust structure and geology

Imparting advance explanation of seismic phenomena

Conducting seismological investigation in exploration of ores and oil deposits

Knowledge of earthquake characteristics and associated effects

Knowledge of national and international building codes

Basic knowledge of dynamic equation in motion

Ability to determine the vulnerability of structures to seismic actions

Knowledge of soil sciences, weather sciences, geophysics, etc.

Proficient in ensuring that new structures have the proper degree of resistance to earthquake hazards

Skilled in estimating the frequency and size of earthquakes in different parts of the world

Skilled in effectively suggesting the required precautions that need to be adopted to lower the effects of earthquake and related problems

Not applicable

Analytical mind







It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not 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 9/10 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 experienced candidates - INR 1,46,000 per month to INR 1,58,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Education Industry in India

According to a report by IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. This is because the country has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. Also, the vocational education and training is fast emerging as an important area of focus in India. According to data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the total amount of foreign direct investments (FDI) inflow into the education sector in India stood at US$ 1,071.5 million from April 2000 to January 2015.

The Government of India is a big employer for qualified physicists and other scientific researchers. ISRO conducts various tests for the postgraduates for different vacancies occurring in different projects there. The candidates interested in pursuing a job in various governmental organizations should update themselves with various exam notifications conducted by UPSC, SSC, etc. which provides the pathway to various governmental firms. These factors indicate good job opportunities for Seismologist and other professionals.


Government and private research councils and laboratories

Oil exploration companies

Cities and towns across India