As a geologist, you will study the origin and evolution of the the structure of earth which mainly includes the solid features on earth (sometimes other terrestrial planets or natural satellites such as mars or the moon as well).
Geologists examine the physical properties of the solid earth and the rocks with which it is composed of. Their work includes predicting natural disasters, finding out climate patterns, and investigating renewable and non-renewable resources. They also contribute to the fields of remote sensing, resource mapping, computer simulations, and recycling technology.
To take up an undergraduate course in Geology, you need to have passed the higher secondary examination in the science stream with any or all of the subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Also, taking Geology (which is offered only by a select number of boards) as one of the subjects gives you advantage in admission to some universities.
A three year bachelor’s course in geology is available in many universities in India and abroad.
Some universities like the Delhi University offer a dual BSc-MSc integrated degree in Geology which is of five years duration.
Master’s degree in Geology/ Applied Geology is of two years duration and can be taken up after completing BSc Geology.
Some Universities allow admission to MSc Geology for BA/BSc/BCom/ BTech graduates in any discipline provided they have a high percentage aggregate and have taken Science stream at the 10+2 level.
Since this is more of a research field, a doctorate qualification would be recommended.
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Geologist should have good observation skills. They should have the skill to identify and analyse even minute details and changes on the surface of the earth.
A geologist should be able to correctly analyse the data and interpret it quickly and accurately.
A geologist should have good problem solving skills. They have to anticipate and formulate effective solutions to the problems that may come up in their work.
Perceptual skills are important for a geologist as they should be able to give attention to detail and must be able to work very efficiently.
A geologist must be able to work effectively in teams of varied compositions. They will have to collaborate with engineers and other co workers.
A geologist should have good communication skills. They should be able to communicate their observations and research findings to the public and other officials.