A geophysicist is responsible for the acquisition, quality control, interpretation and analysis of geophysical surveys mapping the different types and depths of rocks that make up the seabed. They are likely to find themselves regularly offshore on the development site. They will usually start out their careers by working as a part of a team offshore executing geophysical surveys then with more experience move to supervising and analysing the survey onshore.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management.

Typical employer

Developer, specialist subcontractor, or specialist consultancy.

Place of work

Onshore in an office. Offshore on a vessel at the development site.

Typical working pattern

Full-time. Fixed term contract (typically up to 140 days). When offshore geophysicists will typically work two-weeks-on/two-weeks-off. Flexible working arrangements may be available when working from an office.

Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7 in geophysics, geology or other environmental-science related disciplines.

Practical offshore experience gained through fieldwork or research trips and experience using analysis software such as GIS is desirable.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include research assistants.

Highly transferable from similar offshore industries such as oil and gas.

Career possibilities

Geophysicists can progress on as senior or principal geophysicists and EIA managers.

Full time salary estimate

€35,000-€80,000 per year, depending on experience. Additional offshore day rate for work done offshore on vessels. This salary range is for this specific role.