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About This Career

Geophysicists typically work in exploration and research. They apply their knowledge of earth sciences and expertise in physical measurements of the earth’s properties to enhance geological interpretations. Responsibilities vary with level of expertise, but in general they include planning, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic and other geophysical data.

Geophysicists use many remote sensing methods to study the earth’s structure including gravity, magnetic, electrical and seismic methods. They apply different methods depending on existing data, the type of target they’re searching for, and the terrain which can range from land to the ocean floor.

Geophysicists may specialize in areas such as petroleum exploration and development, environmental, archeological and earthquake seismology, earth physics and geodesy. Within petroleum exploration and development, Geophysicists typically focus on acquisition, processing or interpretation.

Education: A post-secondary degree in geophysics or a related discipline is typically required. A master’s or doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, mathematics or engineering may be preferred by some employers.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production, oil sands and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Exploration Geophysicist, Seismologist

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing and interpreting geophysical information from sources such as geophysical survey data, well logs or aerial photos.
Undertaking seismic structural interpretation, mapping and seismic attribute studies using workstation interpretation, and mapping and cartographic software to identify drillable, economic prospects.
Assessing the size, orientation and composition of mineral ore bodies and hydrocarbon deposits.
Preparing and analyzing time, velocity and depth maps based on accumulated data.
Evaluating Information
Assisting geologists with identifying natural gas, oil or underground water resources and interpreting survey results.
Thinking Creatively
Preparing geophysical maps, cross-sectional diagrams or reports concerning the results of field surveys.
Developing models and applied software for the analysis and interpretation of data.
Attention to Detail
Quality Control Analysis
Computer use
Career Path
  • Advancement to supervisory and management positions in mining, petroleum and other industries is possible with experience.
  • Geologist to Geophysicist
  • Geophysicist to Team Lead to Manager of Geosciences
  • Mobility between specializations in this group is possible with experience.
  • Senior Geophysicist to Exploration Team Supervisor to Exploration Manager
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Available Jobs
  • Here are the two most recent postings:

Mine geologist

Posted on Jul 09 2019

By iamgold corporation

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Posted on Jun 18 2019

By teck resources limited

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How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • Natural gas resource development

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
  • Relocation
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Job Details

Job Category

Geosciences Professionals




Oil and gas services

Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • H2S Alive


  • Geophysicists are eligible for registration with a provincial or territorial association of professional geoscientists following graduation from an accredited educational program and after several years of supervised work experience and, in some provinces, after passing a Professional Practice examination.
  • Licensing and registration with a provincial or territorial association of professional geoscientists is mandatory to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.