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Geology careers

Seismic survey

Geology is a broad subject ranging from climate change and earthquakes, to minerals oceans, fossils and volcanoes.

Subject matter also includes geography, biology, chemistry, physics, surveying and statistics, therefore increasing career possibilities.

Geology graduates are highly sought after and move into a variety of rewarding careers. Opportunities range from, environmental science, earthquakes, climate change and water resourcing through to, geotechnical engineering and construction.

Ocean survey

Subject matter also includes geography, biology, chemistry, physics, surveying and statistics, therefore increasing career possibilities.

Geology graduates are highly sought after and go into a variety of rewarding careers. Opportunities range from, environmental services in earthquakes, climate change and water resourcing through to, geotechnical engineering and construction.

Graduate profile

Soltice Morrison

Soltice Morrison

Ngāti Whakaue (Te Arawa), Ngāti Maniapoto
Bachelor of Science with Honours (Geology)
Geoenvironmental Consultant at Aurecon, Wellington
2021 BLAKE GNS Ambassador

I grew up in Rotorua, and as a child cycled tracks to school that would weave through bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers – inevitably, I grew fascinated by the earth’s processes. My Geology studies took me to some of the most beautiful places in New Zealand and even overseas. I studied onboard Otago’s marine research vessel, tinkered with microscopes in laboratories, camped in alpine environments, and carried out fieldwork in Japan. I now work at an international engineering and design company, advising clients on how to reduce pollution and contamination, creating a healthier environment.

Further information

Field trip

NZ-focussed geology career information - careers.govt.nz website

If you would like to discuss potential geology careers with us please email geology@otago.ac.nz