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A career in geology is ideal for students who have an inherent interest to explore the earth and seabed. A geologist understands the processes that influence the way earth changes over time and how certain land formations are created. There are many types geologists and each specialise a specific field such as petroleum geologist, mineralogist, geophysicist, and so forth. The role of geologists varies – they can help predict volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, find gold, silver and other precious minerals, and even  help engineers decide whether a certain soil is good for laying a building’s foundations.

Market Demand

The job market for geology graduates is far and wide. They can find employment in oil and gas, construction, environmental, academia, mining, and many other areas.  According to Hays, a global recruitment agency, exploration geologists, development geologists, and reservoir and petroleum geologist are in demand. The report states that there is a shortage of qualified talent in these areas and as such competition is fierce. Strong local candidates with eight or more years of experience are very much in demand.



To become a geologist, you will need to complete a four year degree with a major in geology or geophysics. To prepare for this, traditional subject areas such as biology, chemistry and physics should be taken during your SPM education.  In university, it is expected that internships and research projects would be a large part of becoming a geologist. Fresh graduates will usually start their career in entry level positions, such as a research assistant.


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