A large proportion of geophysicists/field seismologists are employed by oil companies in their exploration divisions.
This work is increasingly contracted out, so consultancies provide another source of employment. Consultancy firms vary in size, from very small companies to large multinationals. Some consultancies are quite specialised in using particular geophysical techniques or working in particular locations, while others offer a more diverse range of services to their customers.
Environmental consultancy is a growing area of employment, as many landfill site owners require geophysicists to help them ensure compliance with strict requirements related to the construction, operation and closure of landfill sites. Extraction of gas from landfill sites is likely to become another area where geophysicists may be required in the future.
Exploration companies may also undertake work for construction firms, water companies, mining companies and environmental agencies, so geophysicists/field seismologists may be employed in any of these settings.
Other employers include:
Specialist recruitment agencies commonly handle vacancies. Vacancies may also be listed in the oil and gas sector press.
The Geological Society runs careers events at universities around the country.
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