Geophysical Prospector

Scout out oil, gas, and precious metal deposits.

What does a Geophysical Prospector do?

A Geophysical Prospector spends each day on a treasure hunt, looking for oil, diamonds, precious metals, or natural gas trapped underneath layers of rock or soil. Unlike old-time Prospectors who used pickaxes and sweat to make their discoveries, modern Geophysical Prospectors use modern tools like airplanes and computers to do their work.

As a Geophysical Prospector, you spend a significant amount of time traveling. In order to do your work properly, you must be able to touch the land in question with your own two hands. One week, you might be in Africa; the next week, you might be in Minnesota. The following month, you might use your frequent flyer miles to vacation in Hawaii.

When you’re on site, you take pictures, measure electrical currents, take samples of the soil, and determine the amount of nuclear particles in the air. To augment these measurements, you look at maps of the area, and you sometimes hire a Pilot to fly you over the area so you can snap more photos. Other times, you perform experiments in your laboratory on the samples you’ve taken.

Using this data, you determine the likelihood that the site contains the materials your company wants to harvest. Then, you compile all of your information into a handsome report to present to your employer. Drilling Engineers, Miners, and others use your report to do their work, so you must be accurate at all times.