5/6/2020  Brian Douglas

  The job description of a Geoscientist

We live in a dynamic world that is continually changing in form and size. A Geoscientist is a scientist who uses scientific principles to study and understand how the earth works and functions. With a sound knowledge of the earth dynamics and how it works, we can better explore for valuable minerals within the earth, understand how the earth was formed, have a better knowledge of the environment and lots more. A geoscientist is the one saddled with the responsibility to discern the language the earth speaks. In some other climes, a geoscientist can also be called geologist or earth scientist.

Primarily, a Geoscientist is often torn between two environments, the field, and Laboratory. On the field, they collect useful information that would aid their study. In the laboratory, more critical and in-depth analysis is carried out.

Scope of Geoscience
There are different specialized fields in which a geoscientist can function. A Geoscientist can be a Paleontologist who focuses on the study of fossils to give a better understanding of the earth. He can be an Engineering Geologist whose sole aim is to provide a level of understanding of ground conditions which ensures that engineering works are constructed. We also have Petroleum geologists, Biostratigraphers, Geochemists, Geophysicists, Seismologists, etc.

The duties of every of Geoscientist is similar in all places you find them, be it an Oil company, a mining coy, a Water corporation, etc. All Geoscientist deals with spatial data and earth related studies.

Description of roles
A typical Geoscientist must be able to plan and execute field studies. On the field, they collect samples (rocks, soil, water, etc.), carry out surveys, deduce field relationship between features, collects remotely sensed data and location data. Field studies mostly involve a keen eye for observation.

Furthermore, they proceed to carry out laboratory tests and studies on materials obtained from the field. The laboratory test can involve instrumental analysis of samples using sophisticated equipment. It can also be carried out in computer laboratories with workstations. In some climes, they are engaged in the development of models to understand a particular problem better.

Geoscientists must be able to document the results of their findings appropriately through well written scientific reports. They must also be able to present their results to investors, colleagues, clients and the likes.  A Geoscientist also works with other professionals to proffer solutions to problems that cut across several fields of knowledge.  

For a Geoscientist to be effective, good communication skill is vital. A strong observational and analytical skills are also necessary. A Geoscientist deals with a lot of computing work. Therefore, good knowledge of IT is indispensable. They must also be ready to work hand in hands with other professionals.

In conclusion, the job of a Geoscientist is comprehensive and field specific. A Geoscientist can be entirely based on the field carrying out useful studies and reporting back to a supporting laboratory team. In some other cases, the role of a Geoscientist can be found shuffling between the field and laboratory from time to time.