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Economic Geologist
An economic geologist studies mineral deposits and the processes leading to their formation. This information is extremely useful to mining companies as it helps them to locate and understand the nature of the resource they are mining.

Economic geologists apply geological principles to solve practical problems in the mining industry. Their training equips them to run the Geology department on a mine, and to organize a programme of prospecting in the field.

Satisfying Aspects
- working outdoors
- solving problems
- variety of work
- travelling
- working with others

Demanding aspects
- being away from home and family for long periods
- primitive living conditions in the field
- the physical demands of doing on-site work

An economic geologist should:
- be curious and imaginative;
- be observant and objective;
- have a scientific and mathematical aptitude;
- have problem-solving skills;
- enjoy working with others;
- be flexible and adapt easily to new situations;
- communicate clearly in writing and in speech;
- be responsible;
- be dedicated to his work;
- be willing to work underground in mines and in the field;
- have good health and stamina.

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

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

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

Degree: BSc degree with appropriate subjects, such as Geosciences (Wits, NMMU), Earth Sciences (UWC, UZ), and Geology with Economics - most universities, Geomatics - UCT

- mining companies
- government departments - Geological Survey, Water Affairs
- museums
- scientific bodies such as the Chamber of Mines, CSIR    
- civil engineering firms
- universities of technology and universities
- consulting companies
- Council for Mineral Technology (MINTEK)
- self-employment, as a consultant

The Geological Society of SA
P O Box 61809
Marshalltown, 2107
Tel: (011) 492-3370/1/2