Geologists and earth scientists are active in these fields:

Environmental geology – these geologists are involved in problems associated with natural hazards/disasters (like earthquakes, storms along coastlines, landslides and the formation of sinkholes), social health (like asbestos poisoning, radio-active pollution of water), the impact that the development of infrastructure, mining and industrial activities have on the environment with a view to the general protection and management of the environment.

Engineering geology – a geologist must establish what the condition of the soil and subsurface rock structure is before high buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams and dumpsites can be built, or before a new town development can take place.

Mineralogy and geochemistry – this involves laboratory work regarding for example the physical and chemical properties of minerals and rocks.

Research geology – these geologists gather and provide information in the different geological fields like geological maps and geochemical maps of the whole of South Africa.

Geo and Spatial Sciences offers some of the most exciting careers.  Especially if you like field work and prefer research that is not only done in a laboratory, but requires you to collect  or inspect your samples from the field instead of a supplier catalogue.

  • Bio-geographer/Ecologist
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Coastal Zone Manager
  • College/University Lecturer/Researcher
  • Community Development
  • Conservation Officer
  • Conservationist
  • Consultant in a range of geographical fields
  • Development Facilitator
  • Delivery Manager
  • Diplomat
  • Earth Scientist
  • Economic Development Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Planner
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • Geographic Information Specialist
  • Geologist
  • Geo-physicist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Hazardous Waste Planner
  • Health Services Planner
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Use Planner
  • Map Editor
  • Map Librarian
  • Map, Air Photo & Satellite Image Interpreter
  • Market Researcher
  • Meteorologist
  • Military Planner
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Police
  • Regional Planner
  • Remote-Sensing Analyst
  • Social Ecologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher (elementary & secondary)
  • Tourism Development / Tour Guide
  • Traffic Manager
  • Transportation Planner
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban/City Planner
  • Water Resource Manager

The Go Study Site:

If you would like a better gauge of what awaits you in choosing a career within these fields please visit the Go Study SA website. This website will also help you to choose the right course in conjunction with your choice of career path.