- knowledge of geography
- science skills
- maths knowledge
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- excellent written communication skills
- knowledge of physics
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- monitoring and analysing data from seismic sensors around the world
- mapping seismic regions and fault lines in the Earth's surface
- developing early warning systems for earthquake zones
- investigating target sites for new seismic stations
- searching for oil and gas deposits under land and sea
- producing survey reports for mining and energy companies
- attending conferences and publishing research findings
- taking students on field trips to study earthquake and volcano hot spots
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work at a research facility, at a university or in a laboratory.
Your working environment may be physically active and you may spend nights away from home.
You could become a project co-ordinator or manager with a seismic research organisation, university or energy company.
In a university post, once you've got experience and published original research, you could become a senior research fellow or professor.