Assessment and Awareness Sector
A geophysicist is sometimes referred to as a geoscientist however it's important to distinguish the two as the latter term actually encompasses both geophysicists and geologists.
Unlike some other scientific jobs, such as meteorologist, a geophysicist will find that they spend quite a lot of time on the field; this means being outdoors, physically measuring data and taking samples and notes. Travel is often required of these positions and some geophysicists spend a lot of time in remote locations. This is not to say that there isn't office work involved. In order to collect, report and interpret data related to alternative energy production, it is important that geophysicists also spend a considerable amount of time in the office and laboratory.
Educational and Training Requirements
Any geophysicist position requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree, usually in the geosciences field.
Salary and Advancement Opportunities
Geoscientists generally enjoy considerable room for advancement in their careers. As an entry-level geoscientists, much of your initial time will be spent on the field researching, collecting and analyzing data, however with education and experience, it is entirely possible to move to a more managerial position. If you are in a project manager job or reach a senior level in research, you may find yourself dealing with budgetary concerns and communicating with clients and executives.
At the moment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that those geoscientists with a master's degree have a much better chance of finding a job. If you possess a bachelor's degree, you are well on your way, but more education is often required if you want to remain competitive in today's economy. As is sometimes the case, those who possess a PhD are facing more competition when applying for research jobs at private companies or with universities or colleges. Fortunately, geoscientists should see a 22 percent increase in jobs from 2006 to 2012. The Bureau reports that the average annual income for geoscientists, which includes geophysicists, is $89,300. According to Payscale.com, a geoscientist with one to four years of experience may earn from $42,500 to $90,000, while a geoscientist with 10 to 19 years on the job can expect from $56,600 to $145,451 annually.