4-Geologists and geophysicists

Job Title: 

Geologists and geophysicists

Job Description: 

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.


Geologists and geophysicists conduct research, improve or develop concepts, theories and operational methods, or apply scientific knowledge relating to geology and geophysics in such fields as oil, gas and mineral exploration and extraction, water conservation, civil engineering, telecommunications and navigation, and assessment and mitigation of the effects of development and waste disposal projects on the environment. May study the earth?s internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists. They also advise on the extraction of minerals, as well as environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • conducting research and improving or developing concepts, theories and operational methods related to geology and geophysics
  • studying composition and structure of the Earth?s crust, examining rocks, minerals, fossils and other materials, to determine processes affecting the development of the Earth, trace evolution of past life, establish nature and chronology of geological formations and assess their commercial applications
  • interpreting research data and preparing geological reports, maps, charts and diagrams, reports and papers
  • applying geological knowledge to problems encountered in civil engineering projects such as the construction of dams, bridges, tunnels, and large buildings; and land reclamation projects
  • using various remote sensing programs to investigate and measure seismic, gravitational, electrical, thermal, and magnetic forces affecting the Earth
  • estimating weight, size and mass of the Earth and composition and structure of its interior, and studying the nature, activity and predictability of volcanoes, glaciers and earthquakes
  • charting the Earth?s magnetic field and applying this and other collected data for broadcasting, navigation and other purposes
  • studying and measuring physical properties of seas and the atmosphere and their inter-relationship, such as the exchange of thermal energy
  • locating and determining the nature and extent of oil, gas and mineral deposits using seismological, gravimetric, magnetic, electrical or radiometric methods
  • identifying deposits of construction materials and determining their characteristics and suitability for use as concrete aggregates, road fill or for other applications
  • researching the movement, distribution and physical properties of ground and surface waters
  • advising in areas such as waste management, route and site selection and the restoration of contaminated sites

Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Highly specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Detailed knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Detailed knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Detailed knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Advanced skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate high-level recommendations and/or alternative scenarios
  • Manage high level relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Substantial skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Conceptualize and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience
  • Advanced negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and highly complex work achievement
  • Manage sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop innovative solutions to highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar problems
  • Communicate with authority and influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed specialist oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to develop, initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well consistently and sensitively manage highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to develop and establish new policy directions
  • Highly developed advanced organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Work Context: 

    Often work regular hours in laboratories and offices. At times, however, those who are deeply involved in research may work long or irregular hours.


    Bachelor of Science and/or Applied Science, or relevant field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 - 7 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Environment Agency, National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, Mubadala Oil and Gas

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Geological oceanographer - Geologist - Geophysical oceanographer - Geophysicist
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Mine Engineer - Mining engineer - Engineer - Planning engineer - Mine safety manager - Project engineer - Engineering manager - Mine engineering manager - Mine engineering superintendent - Geophysicist - Project geologist - Mine geologist - Exploration geologist - Environmental protection geologist - Engineering geologist - Geological specialist - Geoscientist - Hydrogeologist

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi