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Being a geologist means going on adventure. The kind of adventure that can take you all over the world. From the barren desert to the most beautiful waterfalls and jungles in the world, you will be able to experience all that excitement.

A good geologist has to know a bit of everything: physics, chemistry, geography, math, biology, engineering, and more. It is a lot of work. But it is worth it.

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Geology is simply the study of Earth and whatever makes it up. Studying the composition of rocks, the process of change of the planet, volcanos, earthquakes, rivers, and oceans. These days, geology is not limited to Earth sciences, there is something called (astrogeology) where this science can be extended to the studies of formation and topography of other planets like Mars.

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Pathway

Academic pathways in geology are very broad. You can pursue your postgraduate research in many areas like agriculture, petroleum and mining. However, the following emerging fields in geology are becoming increasingly popular:

  • Medical geology (the relationship between geologic materials and processes and human health)
  • Changes in continental crust
  • Earthquake science and technologies
  • Environmental dynamics
  • Paleoecology and paleoclimatology- Bio-Geo-Chemical
  • Applied geology
  • Solar and geomagnetic dynamics
  • Volcanology
  • Geosciences instrumentation
  • Meteorites and extra-terrestrial material (Astrogeology)
Subject Focus

You will be studying subjects related to these topics:

  • Earth science (Geoscience)
  • Geochemistry
  • Mineralogy, rocks and fossils
  • Plate tectonics
  • Geophysics
  • Geology of geographic locations
  • Environmental Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Geohydrology
  • Engineering geology
  • Geology computations, data analysis, laboratory instruments and techniques, and related computer skills and programming
  • Paleontology
  • Petroleum Geology

Entry Requirements

Good results in one of the following or equivalent:

  • STPM
  • Foundation studies
  • Matriculation
  • STAM
  • 12 year high school diploma
  • IB
  • A Levels
  • Or equivalent
Personality Type

Do you collect rocks? Are you curios about the composition of earth? Do you want to know the mechanics of earthquakes? Then, this is the best course for you. Check your personality and see if you studying such course is suitable for you.

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: RIE (Realistic, Investigative, Enterprising)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

The following are some of the jobs geologists can do:

  • Geologist Cum Geophysicist
  • Geologist
  • Mapping Assistant
  • Exploratory Geologist
  • Research and development
  • Lab specialist
  • Research scientist
  • Seismologists (PhD holders)

As your career progresses, you will realize the need to get your masters and/or PhD. With the acquired experience and the developed knowledge, you will be a sought after by many companies.

Salary
  • Technical Lab Assistant (0-2 Years’ experience): RM2,200 – RM3,000
  • R&D Specialist (2-3 Years’ experience): RM3,500 – RM5,500
  • Senior Positions (4-6 Years’ experience): RM5,500 – RM8,500
  • Managerial Positions (6-10 Years’ experience): RM8,500 – RM13,000
  • Head of Department (8-12 Years’ experience): RM13,000 – RM22,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

  • Geologist Cum Geophysicist
  • Geologist
  • Mapping Assistant
  • Exploratory Geologist
  • Research and development
  • Lab specialist
  • Lecturer

Indah Water, SGS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Shell, Petronas, ChemNergy, and other companies. Universities also hire geologists for various reasons.

Global jobs:

  • Research Associate
  • Research Scientist
  • Equipment Geologist
  • Reservoir Geologist
  • Mining and Environmental Geologist
  • Seismologist
  • Engineering Geologist

Useful Links

Geological Society Of Malaysia

U.S Geological Survey (USGS)

GeologyIn: 10 Reasons to Become a Geologist

Geology.com

The Geological Society of America

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