||Overview of Geology
Geologists seek to understand the origins of the earth – how rocks and minerals are formed.
Often offered as a specialisation under a science programme, geology courses can overlap with and paleontology courses, which are also disciplines that study the natural environment and the Earth.
A study of geology can lead to a career in the mining industry.
Geology courses are usually offered as an undergraduate degree specialisation under the science faculty.
The basic requirements of entry to an undergraduate science programme would be a Year 12 qualification, or its equivalent, with good passes in English, mathematics, and sciences (physics, chemistry or biology). A strong understanding in chemistry is required for studying geology.
Geology courses will cover subjects like mineralogy and petrology, where you will be familiarised with minerals and rocks in the Earth’s crust; identifying the location of rocks and minerals; tectonic plate movements, formation of minerals, and development of landscapes.
Postgraduate degrees such as a Master of Science will provide further training in commerce and communication.
Careers in Geology
Geology is a much-needed skill in natural resources industries. Geologists work on different sites internationally, provide modelling of potential exploration sites and geological evaluations from ground samples.
Geologists can choose to specialise in exploration geology, mining geology or
Geologists can also take on entry-level management positions or undertake research, commercial and finance roles.
It’s also important to continually develop your geology knowledge by joining professional associations such as the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, Geological Society of Australia, and Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Skills needed in Geology
Geologists should have strong project management skills and be adaptable to new and hostile environments, as they are expected to be on-site at far flung places to assess mining sites.
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