Geophysicists are highly educated scientists who apply their knowledge and studies of the earth and its atmosphere to solve problems. They study all physical aspects of our planet and investigate seismic, gravitational, electrical, thermal and magnetic forces that affect the earth. This information is then compiled and used to prepare navigational charts and maps. They are able to predict atmospheric conditions and put this information into environmental reports. Geophysicists study continental drifts, atmospheric pressure, earthquakes and sometimes other planets. They use their knowledge about physics, geology and atmospheric sciences to establish water supply and flood control programs. Studying specific aspects of geophysics can turn a geophysicist into a geomagetician, glaciologist, oceanographer, physical tectonophysicst or volcanologist.
Review and write contracts and specifications for geophysical work, including budgets and timelines.
Create and verify seismic, AVO, and other types of models to assess feasibility, safety, and returns.
Use software to create and interpret 2- and 3-dimensional geophysical data to identify and evaluate sites.
Generate prospective locations, recommend coordinates, and document assumptions and calculations.