What does a geologist normally study

Study of geosciences and the future

Study of geosciences and the future
I am very interested in geosciences and I also have a certain talent for natural sciences. It would be very nice if someone could give me general information about studying in this direction as well as a few tips. Also privately ...

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Re: Study of geosciences and the future
Student online rule number 1: Never ask about career prospects.

I'll break the rule and say: As always, it basically depends on your specialization, but many geos end up in research and research-related areas - the prospects are rather bad there.
The duke  📅 19.07.2017 20:10:22
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Or abroad with the development of raw materials, there you can still earn stupid and stupid
Not so in DE ..

Prohibition culture- “To keep the human body in a checkbook becomes an end in itself. Anyone who uses their physical resources to indulge in extravagant enjoyment comes under suspicion. "
Arctix  📅 19.07.2017 23:48:57
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I studied geosciences (geology) for a short time. Scientific talent / interest is a good prerequisite. Basic studies mainly consist of math, physics / geophysics, chemistry, geochemistry and geological fundamentals. Then it goes on with in-depth subjects such as paleontology, tectonics, mineralogy, crystallography, sedimentology ... all geoscientific basics. And then things get exciting when it comes to your specialization. That then differs from HS to HS. Some specialize in applied geosciences (especially the TUs such as Darmstadt, Munich and Aachen), others focus on paleontology / stratigraphy (FU Berlin) or geophysics (Bonn). You should go according to your interests.

During this time, I dealt intensively with the geosciences itself, but also with the career opportunities and prospects. Let's go straight to the latter: Find out as quickly as possible what you want to do after your studies. Geo offers opportunities, but not many. It depends a lot on your specialization how good the chances are. Example: While with paleontology unfortunately only research comes into question, that with raw materials technology () already look different. The oil industry in particular is highly cyclical, which means you can be lucky and get $ € hr () well under (of course with appropriate internships and contacts, without losing much) or you may be unlucky and not get into a company because geologists and engineers are being laid off in large numbers. It's kind of like playing with fire, because you need a good, clear résumé and a lot of luck.
So much for that, now about the study itself. Even if the career prospects are really not rosy, the course itself is probably one of the most interesting, varied and fun of all. In both of my semesters I was first in the Alps and then again in Iceland. Later you can go further afield, adventures are inevitable, as well as many practical outdoor assignments in your region ... even in bad weather. In terms of difficulty, I would definitely rate it as an easier NaWi, since it is mainly about observing, determining, analyzing and testing. Knowledge comes with experience. You also have to be very computer-savvy, analysis software is your daily bread as a geologist, and in general you spend a lot of time in front of a screen.

Think about it carefully, it is not a small risk what you would take there. If you want to go into the (raw materials) industry, then it can work, provided you convince on a clear line, if you want to go into research or if you are more interested in areas that only have research as a goal, then leave prefer it. Then you better just sit down in a few VLs or browse through the specialist literature.
Re: Study of geosciences and the future
Thank you Arctix for your answer. She helped me a lot. I love adventure, science and travel. From that point of view, there would be no better job for me than geoscience. I already have a rough plan for what I would do after graduation. Sure, the raw materials industry certainly has its good sides, but I would love to do research. I have always wanted to help humanity with the environment and with natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. So I wanted to do something with volcanology or maybe seismology. That would be my dream direction. However, until now I have no idea which depths I would have to choose for this. I think it has something to do with tectonics or geology, but I'm not sure.
Arctix  📅 20.07.2017 23:40:41
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It is best to deal with it intensively in the next few months, but also be honest with yourself and don't talk yourself into anything.
Incidentally, seismology is nothing more than geophysics in applied form. The wave dynamics of earthquakes, purest physics. Volcanology, on the other hand, is probably the classic and best-known field of geology. For both areas, however, you have to be extremely good in your subject in order to be allowed to work in research there over the long term. I'm telling you this because science can be very frustrating as a profession. The only thing that matters is to get financial resources for technology, equipment and supplies. Nothing for people who want a secure job. Science always sounds nice, but in practice it is completely different.

Just let this go through your head very well.

Perhaps as a small note. I started my studies back then for similar reasons. I have been interested in the subject of raw material extraction since I was a child (a relative worked for Statoil in Norway as an exploration geologist for a long time) and that's why I started my studies with fire and flame. It went pretty well too, had no major problems and a lot of fun. But then there came a time when I asked myself: "Do you really want to do a job like this all your life. Can I do that at all or will I be kicked out first?" Because at that time hundreds of people were laid off due to the drastically falling oil price, including my relative. But what made me doubt even more was the point that you had to constantly travel around for work. As a child, I thought it was great that my relative worked in Norway as well as in Algeria and Canada in one year. During my studies, I thought everything through again and realized that I would like to have a permanent job in a permanent environment. Business trips ok, but sometimes my relative has not seen his family for months, only via Skype from the construction container. Good money is all well and good, but then it wasn't worth it to me. What I mean by that: it all sounds fantastic, I thought that too. Unfortunately, it looks different behind the scenes
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Yes, I will and for years I wasn't honest with myself when I wanted to study teaching, so I wouldn't do it anymore.
So I make my decision quickly. I don't like physics as much as chemistry, bio or math. I find volcanology pretty exciting anyway. Yes, you're right.
The dismissal is really stupid. I'm just the kind of person who loves to travel around. I'm also not that kind of person who needs a permanent home. I really have the most concerns about family. I would love to travel and keep exploring new things, but when you have kids that isn't exactly practical. They don't have much of it. That's when my next plan comes into play. As long as I can, I would like to be active in research and maybe later do an exam. But there is still a lot of time until then.
Re: Study of geosciences and the future
Hello Clara,
Arctix has said a great many right things. In terms of career prospects, however, I would even say that geosciences / geology is extremely diverse and full of opportunities. The course is already set in the specialization directions of the Masters. Sure, a palaeontologist hardly comes in special civil engineering and vice versa.
The salary is less promising. If you don't get a job with global players like K + S or BASF, the pay is rather poor, especially in the many engineering offices, the main employers for geologists in Germany.
Studying is of course fantastic if you like stones.

I couldn't set a link. So now, in key words, the content behind how diverse the professional future is. If necessary, do some research on Wiki or the BDG (Professional Association of German Geoscientists):

The geologist as:
- hydrogeologist
- Engineering geologist (and tunnel construction)
- exploration geologist
- in geothermal energy (related to hydrogeology)
- environmental geologist
- paleontologist
- Scientists at universities and research centers.
- interdisciplinary ..

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Beren Barahir  📅 07.08.2017 22:22:13
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Good Morning,

First of all, I think it's very good that you are interested in this wonderful subject and are considering studying it.

I'm currently doing my master's degree in geosciences with a specialization in hydrogeology and engineering geology.
I agree with the previous speaker that the job opportunities are actually far better than you can hear. Of course there are subjects which are sought more and which are less sought after, but each of them actually has its "sales market". Hydro is more wanted than paleo, of course! BUT: The geosciences is an immensely broad subject area which offers enormous opportunities for development. As a rule, in the master’s degree, you never focus on just one direction alone. Often times it is more like two who go in a similar direction or complement each other well. Like, for example, groundwater and geotechnical engineering myself.
That is why geoscientists are still broader and more flexible than many other natural scientists even after they have specialized.

A future as geo is also possible beyond oil, gas and coal. Environmental laboratories and engineering offices are often looking for geologists as experts to examine and evaluate data and conditions. For example, the geologist can fill the gap when an area needs to be assessed to determine whether it is safe to build. Geoscientists also love to hire drinking water exploration and quality assurance. Sedimentologists are very often involved in coastal protection. Tectonics are monitoring the disaster. Mineralogists can make contributions to material development. There is even geoforensics, where expertise is required when soil and water samples have to be examined. Isotope geochemistry often comes into play here.
So you shouldn't be short of options. And that was only part of all geosciences, I only talked about geology, but there are also geoecology, geophysics, geoinformatics, etc.

I hope I could help you a little.

Kind regards

Beren Barahir