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What kind of work are Earth Scientists doing?
- Predicting the behavior of Earth systems and the universe.
- Finding adequate supplies of natural resources, such as ground water, petroleum, and metals.
- Conserving soils and maintaining agricultural productivity.
- Developing natural resources in ways that safeguard the environment.
- Maintaining quality of water supplies.
- Reducing human suffering and property loss from natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and tsunamis.
- Determining geological controls on natural environments and habitats and predicting the impact of human activities on them.
- Defining the balance between society's demand for natural resources and the need to sustain healthy ecosystems.
- Understanding global climate patterns.
What skills are required? (or recommended)
- Strong foundational knowledge in physical sciences (including not just geology, but also chemistry and physics).
- Strong math skills (the higher the better -- Calculus minimum for most jobs)
- Flexibility -- especially in terms of location. There are lots of jobs if you're willing to move to find them!
- Comfort with working outdoors (for field-based jobs, as opposed to lab-based jobs).
- Computer skills (modeling, databases, GIS -- all help)