- maths knowledge
- knowledge of geography
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge of physics
- knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- assessing the ground for building suitability on engineering projects like dam or tunnel building
- advising on suitable sites for landfill or storage of nuclear waste
- searching for energy resources and minerals, like gas and oil
- designing projects to search for new water supplies
- studying volcanic and seismic activity to develop early warning systems for communities living close to earthquake zones
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in a laboratory, on a rig or in an office.
Your working environment may be you'll travel often, physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
With experience, you could progress towards a consultant position, or move into teaching or management.
You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status. You can find out more about being a chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment.
You can discover more about careers in geoscience through The Geological Society.