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Some of the large oil and gas companies offer a full two-year structured training programme across the breadth of geophysics, including the opportunity to experience work in various teams before specialising in one area.

Training may include work on:

  • existing wells;
  • research;
  • rock analysis;
  • magnetic and gravitational potential field data analysis.

However, it is more usual for initial training to be provided on the job. Training in the first six months can be intensive and includes health and safety and field training, as well as exposure to geophysics and seismic data processing.

There may be a probationary period during which a new geophysicist works alongside an experienced colleague. Competency-based appraisals take place regularly in most firms.

In smaller firms, and for academic posts, there is unlikely to be any formal training - you will be expected to start work straightaway and pick up skills as you go along.

External training may be offered to teach new skills, such as learning how to operate a new piece of equipment. If you work for a smaller company, you may find that you need to take responsibility for arranging and funding your own development and training.

For those with a geology degree, membership of the Geological Society can be useful for networking and for keeping up to date with the industry.

You may also find it useful to join the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) , which has a geophysics special interest group.

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Written by AGCAS editors
April 2015

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