Geochemist

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Geochemists are interested in examining the age and components of environmental samples (for example rocks and minerals) through the analysis of their chemical elements. The information that is gained in this research is used in a variety of applications including:

  • Advising oil (and other resource) companies of where to drill
  • Forming and contributing to theories about the earth's formation and how it may be changing
  • Acting as an advisory in waste and hazardous substance disposal and storage
  • Monitoring and reporting on the environmental impact of mining and other human interaction with the environment

The work of a geochemist will typically carried out both in the field collecting samples and in the laboratory with a range of highly specialist equipment. Geochemists may also be required to prepare technical reports, generate computer models of processes and map geochemical areas.