Mining is a key contributor to the national economy with 53 different minerals mined in the South African landscape. The nature of mining activities poses significant risk to the natural environment as well as the mining workforce and surrounding communities. Geophysics explores mineral deposits and related physical processes and properties in the landscape to reduce geological uncertainty and minimise safety, health and environmental risks.
Geophysicists work independently or as part of a geoscience team, engaging with varied professionals. They can work in a variety of environments including the field doing earth studies, laboratories and an office environment for report writing.
Geophysicists need an excellent understanding of physical science in relation to earth systems and processes, coupled with:
Estimate weight, size and mass of the earth and the composition and structure of its interior
Study and measure physical properties and their interrelationships
Locate and determine the nature and extent of earth resources
Conduct research and improve or develop concepts, theories and operational methods
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geology specialising in Geophysics at Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Physics at all universities
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geology at NMU, NWU, RU, SU, UCT, UFH, UFS, UJ, UKZN, UL, UP, UWC and Wits
National, provincial and local government.
Construction and mining companies.