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Being A Seismologist

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Kalynn Moore

on 17 February 2015

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Transcript of Being A Seismologist

What is a seismologist?
Seismologists are earth scientists, specialized in geophysics, who study the genesis and propagation of seismic waves in geological materials.
Salaries For A Seismologist
Anywhere between $32,000 to $108,000
Working for state government - $57,000 per year
Working for technical consulting services - $62,000
Working for oil companies - $125,000 annually
Working for construction/architectural firms - $91,000 per year
Steps To Become A Seismologist
1. Take earth science and math courses in high school. Go on field trips to earthquake-prone areas and study the different types of fault lines (normal, reverse, strike-slip)

2. Pursue an undergraduate in geophysics and seismology.

3. Study different aspects of earthquake formations (ex: "ground motion seismology").

4. Remember thar seismologists also use their knowledge of earthquakes waves and fault to aid in the mapping of land for the petroleum industry

5. Earn a Master of Science - if you want to work in an industrial/educational capacity. Apply for a graduate research teaching/ reasearch assistantship and lead exploratory field expedition. Learn about tomography, rock physics, and other fields related to seismology.
Ideal Traits
Good IT skills to process data and produce three-dimensional models of geophysical features
Project management skills
Attention to detail and the ability to record information accurately;
The ability to express ideas and findings clearly, both orally and in writing to produce reports and make presentations;
Teamworking skills;
A desire to travel - worldwide travel is a key feature of this career;
Webliography Page
Top 10 Schools for Geophysics & Seismology
1. California Institute of Technology
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. Stanford University - California
4. University of California at Berkeley
5. New York's Columbia University
6. University of Texas at Austin
7. Harvard University at Cambridge
8. Princeton University - New Jersey
9. University of Southern California
10. University of Washington

Being A Seismologist
Kalynn Moore - Period 1

Where Seismologists Work
Be a professor at a university or college
Be a researcher either in an office or in the feild
Work for the petroleum industry
Basic Duties of a Seismologist
Depending on where they work, their average work day will differ:
Working with
petroleum companies
and earthquake monitoring centers - nights and weekends might be required
Working in
a lab or at a college
- their hours are similar to regular office hours
Main responsibilities
are controlling the quality of the seismic data collected and interpreting it in order to create maps of the build up of hydrocarbons.
They also examine the physical properties of rocks, as well as gathering and evaluating well data in order to build reservoir models.

Pros and Cons of Seismology
Pros: 1.) The more you go up in training and field-working, the more money you're likely to make. 2.) You get to go and explore different regions to study a common natural disaster. 3.) You have lots of options on where you'd like to work in this career
Cons: 1.) It takes alot of years of education to succeed in this career. 2.) It also takes alot of years to build up to a satisfying salary. 3.) It could take an excessive amount of money to pay for all the trips to different sites to study fault lines.
Leading Companies for Seismology
SeaBird Exploration:
a global provider of marine acquisition for 2D and 3D seismic data and associated services to the oil and gas industry.
Diamond Offshore:
a US offshore oil drilling company.
Noble Corp:
one of the largest offshore drilling contractors in the world
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