Structural Geology and Geotechnics Career Opportunities
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Structural and engineering geologists analyze Earth's forces by studying deformation, fracturing, and folding of the Earth's crust. They apply geological data, techniques, and principles to the study of rock and soil surficial materials and ground water; they investigate geologic factors that affect structures such as bridges, buildings, airports, and dams. Career opportunities for these professional geologists exist in various government ministries, construction and building industry, civil engineering companies, research and teaching institutions (e.g., Universities, colleges etc..).

Duties and responsibilities

Structural geologists should show significant expertise in working in areas with complex structural provinces in compressional, extensional or strike-slip settings, folded belt regions, salt provinces and passive margins  using seismic, well log and surface geological data at both regional and local scale. They should have strong knowledge in balanced cross sections and their application to specific structural problems, able to use restoration and balanced cross section software like Geosec 2D and 3D, and 2D and 3DMove. They should show a working knowledge of integrated workflows, and associated software such as Petrel , Geoprobe, and IESX as applied to solve complex structural problems.

If you want to become a structural geologist, then you should have a college degree and often postgraduate work. PhD is the commonest degree that is required because the majority of structural geologists work in research or teaching.