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Are you wondering what the energy supply of the future will look like and how the use of natural resources can be secured in the long term? These and similar questions are what geoscientists deal with. During extensive field exercises and laboratory investigations, we get to the bottom of the pressing questions of our times and conduct intensive research on solutions for a more sustainable world.

What's it like being a geologist?

Geologists ensure the supply of clean water, fossil and alternative energy sources, ores and salts, and construction and materials of all kinds. They deal with global climate change, pollution of the atmosphere, soil, waters and oceans, and the causes and effects of natural disasters. They investigate and assess the geological subsurface in construction projects. And much more. Well-trained experts are therefore highly needed for the variety of tasks involved in these geoscientific fields.

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Geoscientists – Where do they work?

We use our habitat in many ways: building houses, roads, dams and tunnels, pumping drinking water and petroleum from the depths, extracting the materials used to make metals, ceramics, glass, cement and many other materials in large mining operations on and below the earth's surface.

However, man's use of the earth often leads to threats to the habitat. Pollution of air, soil and water, alteration of large landscape areas and the climate are the consequences. Therefore, the use of natural resources must be planned and controlled, and damage, resulting from human intervention, must be prevented or repaired as far as possible.

In all these activities, geoscientists are involved from preliminary exploration to completion, together with other natural scientists and engineers.

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All major social problem areas are also geoscientifically relevant topics (example: climate change). The job offer increasingly expands due to dwindling resources and reserves of metallic and non-metallic raw materials as well as the need for specialists for the future topics of climate, water, energy, soil and environment.

The approximately 20,000 geoscientists working in Germany are employed, for example, in engineering offices, consulting firms or other sectors of industry (construction industry, mining, oil industry, drilling companies, waterworks…). Their activities are applied and deal with issues such as groundwater exploration and protection, stability of the subsoil, investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, raw material prospecting and exploration, prediction and prevention of natural disasters as well as environmental protection issues in the broadest sense. Applied geoscientists find further fields of activity at universities or other research institutions but also at government agencies, offices and associations.