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Geophysicists use data-collecting technology to study natural processes of the Earth such as earthquake and volcanic activity, and to locate minerals, oil and gas, or ground water.


Geophysicists usually earn

$65K-$110K per year

Senior geophysicists may earn

$95K-$170K per year

Source: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), 2017.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting work as a geophysicist are average, with demand growing for workers in environmental and engineering companies.
Tony Hurst kneeling on rocks, setting up experiment equipment

Tony Hurst setting up an experiment at a volcanic crater

Last updated 25 May 2017