Geophysical Laboratory Chief

Lead a team in studying the earth's structure.
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Salary Range
$48,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Geophysical Laboratory Chiefs do?

A team of Scientists is just like a team of Professional Athletes: It needs a Coach to educate, motivate, lead, and focus its team members in pursuit of shared objectives. A Geophysical Laboratory Chief is that Coach for a team of Geophysicists and Geologists working together in a shared geophysical laboratory. Although the team isn’t trying to win a game, it nonetheless has a shared goal: conducting scientific research on the earth’s surface in order to detect the presence of natural resources below it.

When you’re a Geophysical Laboratory Chief, your team is comprised mostly of Exploration Geologists working in a lab that’s owned by a university, a nonprofit organization, a research institute, a government agency, or a private enterprise, such as an oil company. No matter who owns it, however, the lab’s purpose is to use physical techniques — for instance, seismic, gravitational, magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic — to measure the properties of rocks in search of underground oil, minerals, gas, and water.

Think of a lab as a company and a Geophysical Laboratory Chief as its CEO: Your job is is managing the lab’s people, projects, and procedures. That means it’s up to you to decide what research projects your lab will execute, who will execute them, and how they will be executed. You help plan those projects, you assign resources to them, and you direct the activities of those who are involved with them. Finally, when the projects are done, you supervise the compilation and communication of their findings.

Because exploration geology is all about exploring the earth’s crust, your lab is like a ship sailing to the New World, and you’re its Christopher Columbus!

Should I be a Geophysical Laboratory Chief?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Director, Geophysical Laboratory, Engineer, Geophysical Laboratory, Superintendent, Geophysical Laboratory

    How to Become a
    Geophysical Laboratory Chief

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