Geologist Duties & Responsibilities

The role and function of a Geologist includes the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Plan geology projects (e.g. oil extraction, water pipe construction) and field sampling events
  • Survey sites and create logs (e.g. borehole) and maps using GIS
  • Gather and analyze geological data
  • Coordinate research programs
  • Examine the composition of samples and specimens
  • Measure and test fossils, rocks, soil, ores and other material with the proper instruments (e.g. X-rays)
  • Investigate and evaluate natural resource deposits (e.g. oil)
  • Consult on various geology-related issues like waste management, resource management, gas extraction techniques and more
  • Ensure environmental and other regulations are met in construction and production projects (e.g. oil wells)
  • Write reports on findings
  • Conduct quality control on the suitability of material (e.g. metals for construction purposes) and inspect projects
  • Study sites for developments, formations, hazards, and composition

Note that this is not an exhaustive list of Geologist duties and responsibilities. Job functions for specific Geologist roles may vary, depending on the industry and type of employer.

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