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Speleology, or the study of caves, is an interdisciplinary science. Speleologists need to have a broad knowledge of hydrology, chemistry, survey techniques, geology, biology and climatology, in addition to being specialized in speleology.

In the early days, speleologists educated themselves, even though their jobs had absolutely nothing to do with natural resources. Early speleology is attributed to Emile Riviere (1890). Another speleologist by the name of Markel was also a case in point, since he was a lawyer by training and not a scientist.

Speleologists aim for the greatest possible degree of professionalism in their data production. They use maps, drawings, scientific research, photographs and reports to achieve this.

Many experts in this field have also been trained in land management concerns such as utilising caves as commercially viable tourist attractions, or in teaching.

Satisfying Aspects
- researching a fascinating field
- sometimes working outdoors, or underground
- doing what you enjoy - caving

Demanding aspects
- danger element in caving, such as getting stuck or falling and injuring yourself
- limited job opportunities

- research orientated
- safety conscious, responsible and lots of common sense
- good general knowledge and wide range of interests
- not suffer from claustrophobia
- good communication skills
- good problem-solving skills
- able to remain calm in difficult situations

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended Subjects: Geography, Life Sciences

Degree: Relevant degree, such as in Geosciences or Soil Science - UFS, US, UP, UL, Wits, NMMU.

- Schools or other teaching speleology
- Land managers of parks and caves.

Any of the above-mentioned potential employers or speleologists.