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Studies the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth to increase scientific knowledge and to develop practical applications in fields such as mineral exploitation, civil engineering, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.
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Group: 2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists
study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and ground water, and detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, thermal and oceanographic activity.
Geographers are excluded from this unit group. Geographers are included in Unit Group 2724 Social Professionals.
conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and other mineral scientists and engineers
preparing and supervising the production of laboratory reports and scientific papers
conducting studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth's crust and the minerals contained in it
studying and dating fossils and rock strata to develop knowledge of the evolution and biology of life forms, and to assess their commercial applications
studying the effects of natural events, such as erosion, sedimentation, earthquakes and volcanic activity, on the formation of the earth's surface and sea beds
carrying out exploration to determine the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques
conducting surveys of variations in the earth's gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features
investigating the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth's mantle and crust
studying the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth's crust
performing laboratory and field studies, and aerial, ground and drill hole surveys
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the education level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor Degree or higher degree and in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
In addition to the above, it is essential for applicants to meet the following employment criteria:
- at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level,
- undertaken in the last five years,
- working 20 hours or more per week, and
- highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
Please note in order to achieve a successful Skills Assessment Outcome, a positive assessment for both qualifications and employment is required.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree. This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.
Highly relevant major fields of study include:
» Applied Geology
» Earth Sciences
» Environmental Geoscience
Geology is the study of the Earth, including its history and composition, and of the dynamic systems that shape the Earth’s surface. The types of industry a Geologist might be found in include mining, oil and gas exploration, civil engineering, city planning and construction, among others.
This is a subset of geologists who study the processes (such as plate tectonics, volcanic activity, and earthquakes) of the land form that is underneath the ocean.
A paleontologist is a scientist who studies the history of life on Earth through the fossil record
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