Geomagnetists are geologists who study the Earth’s magnetic fields and their sources and consequences. Make your way to this blog for more information if you want to go deeper into this profession.
What Does a Geomagnetist Do?
Geomagnetists are a subset of geologists, who work in one of the oldest physical sciences. Geomagnetists study what cannot be seen, the magnetic processes of geological structures and the Earth as a whole, while geologists examine rocks and the physical processes of the Earth. The geomagnetism of the Earth is primarily caused by its rotating on its axis as it completes its solar year around the sun. However, there are other forces at work. Some magnetic processes are caused by “flaws” on the planet’s surface. Mountain ranges, ocean trenches and grabens, and changing tectonics all have an impact on the planet’s geomagnetic field.
The Tasks of a Geomagnetist
The vast majority of skilled geomagnetists will be employed in research in public science institutes, university departments, and private research organizations. In study, they will collaborate with environmental geologists and other geoscientists, physicists, and even astronomers and astrophysicists. Much of this study is being done to better understand how planetary processes begin and are impacted by magnetic fields.
Geomagnetism has industrial applications and uses. They are very useful in prospecting. As a result, there will always be work possibilities in precious metals and gem mining. The fossil fuel sector has a large number of employment openings. Geomagnetism data is used to search for fresh strands of coal and pockets of oil and gas. Certain signals in the readings will indicate the location of these resources.
Average Salary of a Geomagnetist
As this is a small subset of the geoscience classification, there is no specific salary data set. The salary range is comparable to that of geoscientists in general and geologists in particular. Geoscientists earned an average of $89,700 per year, or $43.13 per hour in 2015. Oil and gas extraction pays the most, with a median salary of $129,550. Education and university research, whether state, community, or privately funded, pay roughly half as much, with a median income of $66,230. The majority of other industries – scientific, engineering, and consulting – are in the middle.
It is anticipated that employment demand for geoscientists in general would increase by 10% between 2014 and 2024. The majority of the available labor will be in two areas: fossil fuel prospecting and environmental protection. It is well documented that there is a recognized employment deficit in this field. More graduates will be needed to meet demand, especially as industry needs change. Texas now has the most available jobs in the fossil fuel industry, and it is also the highest payer.
There are more master’s degree options available, so students do not have to limit themselves to physics or geology, but these may be the best and safest options. Earth Sciences (which will provide a broader study than geology or physics), geochemistry, or geophysics are further possibilities for master’s degree courses.
In most situations, a bachelor’s degree should be enough for most entry-level positions. Students should not have too much difficulty gaining entry to their preferred professional route. Postgraduate courses are ideal for people who want to eventually lead their own projects or take on more responsibilities. Graduates with a master’s or doctoral degree may be required for research positions. Teaching will need a PhD, especially if research money is involved.