Geophysicists interpret seismic data to create maps of the build up of hydrocarbons and they also study the physical properties of rocks.   Geophysicists gather and evaluate well data that helps build reservoir models to predict the potential flow from the reservoir.


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  • Designs data acquisition plans
  • Interprets seismic data to create maps
  • Measures reservoir volumes
  • Assesses potential oil and gas yield


Works closely with other technical departments to find and extract oil and gas from existing fields as well as searching for potential new targets. Mainly employed by Operators or Consultancy firms.


  • Degree in relevant physical science subject e.g. geology, geophysics, geochemistry.
  • Masters or PhD in relevant subject
  • Relevant work experience through summer work, internship
  • Related fieldwork or research trips

£28,000 - £35,000

£40,000 - £75,000

Senior Geophysicist, Team Leader, Manager or Technical Specialist