Out of the 1500 odd active volcanoes present on the Earth’s surface, merely 90 have been identified and classified by scientists! (www.buzzle.com)

Interested in Volcanoes? Want to contribute to scientific research? Then maybe a career as a ‘Volcanologist’ is for you.

Is it for you?

  • Do you like working ‘on location’ to collect data and complete studies and then analysing it?
  • Are you interested in why and how things happen and working with new technologies and research methods to get new and exciting data to contribute to our understanding of earth’s natural elements?
  • You need an excellent science background and good attention to detail for research of high quality and validity

Top Tips:

  • There are many different types of Volcanologist job roles available from Petrologists to Geochemists so do your research into each role and what it really entails day to day to see if it is something you would be interested in.
  • Remember as well as the ‘on location’ field work there is also lots of off location work – so make sure you like that balance (see our suggestion of resources below)
  • Similar roles in science also include Geologist, Geoscientist and Earth Scientist

Useful Resources:

Career Profile of a Volcanologist: http://www.ehow.com/info_8652305_responsibilities-volcanologist.html
Information on types of Volcanologists and job description: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/volcanologist-job-description.html

NASA job profile and information on being a Volcanologist: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/people/cfs/generic/volcanologist_152.pdf

British Science Week: www.britishscienceweek.org

British Science Association: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/national-science-engineering-competition

STEM Graduates including advice and job search for graduate level jobs and graduate schemes: http://www.stemgraduates.co.uk/

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