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Geodesic Volcanologist

Study how volcanic eruptions alter the earth's terrain.

What does a Geodesic Volcanologist do?

Volcanology is the study of volcanoes. Scientists in this field look at how and why volcanoes form, and use the information they gather to guess when the next explosion will happen. There are four main areas of study in this field, and one of them is geodesic volcanology.

Geodesic Volcanologists are concerned with how the earth changes after an eruption occurs. As a Geodesic Volcanologist, you look at the way the explosion and lava flow deform the earth and lead to new and different types of earth formations.

Expect to spend a lot of time doing research, taking measurements, and collecting samples. You also look at scientific information gathered from earlier eruptions to create models of what exactly happened, and to make future predictions about how new eruptions will change the landscape.

If you’re imagining yourself on the edge of a burning volcano gathering samples though, think again. Most of the work done in this field happens on dead or dormant volcanoes, where it’s much easier to gather samples and test out theories.

Although being a Geodesic Volcanologist is really cool, know that you should only get into it if you really love it. There are years of hard schooling involved, not a ton of job opportunities, and while the pay isn’t bad, it’s also not a job that’s going to make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. The primary employers that hire for this position are universities or colleges, and government and science agencies.